English School, Early 19th Century Two wax profiles in mid-relief portraying Captain James Wolfe (1727-1759) and Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803): the former, profile to the left, wearing purple coat with gold trim and epaulette, blue waistcoat, white frilled chemise, stock and cravat, his hair powdered, worn en queue and tied with black ribbon; the latter, profile to the left, wearing scarlet coat with gold trim, blue waistcoat, white frilled chemise, stock and cravat, breast star of the Order of the Garter, his wig powdered, worn en queue and tied with black ribbon
Lot 224
English School
Early 19th Century
Two wax profiles in mid-relief portraying Captain James Wolfe (1727-1759) and Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803): the former, profile to the left, wearing purple coat with gold trim and epaulette, blue waistcoat, white frilled chemise, stock and cravat, his hair powdered, worn en queue and tied with black ribbon; the latter, profile to the left, wearing scarlet coat with gold trim, blue waistcoat, white frilled chemise, stock and cravat, breast star of the Order of the Garter, his wig powdered, worn en queue and tied with black ribbon
£600 - 800
US$ 990 - 1,300
Auction Details
Fine Art & Antiques
Oxford
16 Jul 2014 10:00 BST

Auction 21754
English School, Early 19th Century Two wax profiles in mid-relief portraying Captain James Wolfe (1727-1759) and Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803): the former, profile to the left, wearing purple coat with gold trim and epaulette, blue waistcoat, white frilled chemise, stock and cravat, his hair powdered, worn en queue and tied with black ribbon; the latter, profile to the left, wearing scarlet coat with gold trim, blue waistcoat, white frilled chemise, stock and cravat, breast star of the Order of the Garter, his wig powdered, worn en queue and tied with black ribbon
Lot Details
English School, Early 19th Century
Two wax profiles in mid-relief portraying Captain James Wolfe (1727-1759) and Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803): the former, profile to the left, wearing purple coat with gold trim and epaulette, blue waistcoat, white chemise, stock and lace cravat, his powdered wig worn en queue and tied with black ribbon; the latter, profile to the left, wearing red coat with gold trim, blue waistcoat and breast star, white chemise, stock and lace cravat, his powdered wig worn en queue and tied with black ribbon.
Coloured waxes in mid-relief: the former housed in an ebonised and gilt-wood frame with label to the reverse Capt. James Wolfe; the latter housed in a stained and turned wood frame with label to the reverse Sir William Hamilton.
Rectangular, 117mm (4 5/8in) high and circular, 105mm (4 1/8in) dia. respectively (2)

Footnotes

  • General James Wolfe, portrayed as Captain in the present lot, distinguished himself during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), which saw the forces under his command rout the French at Quebec, thereby strengthening the British hold on their territories in Canada. Sadly, at the moment when the battle seemed to be won, Wolfe received a fatal bullet wound to the chest and died on the field. Posthumously hailed as a hero in England, a memorial was erected in his honour in Westminster Abbey and numerous institutions, through fares and landforms in Canada itself are named after him.

    Sir William Hamilton was a Scottish diplomat, antiquarian, archaeologist and vulcanologist. He served as Ambassador to Naples (1764–-1800) and was the husband of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765-1815), mistress of Lord Admiral Nelson (1758-1805).
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