Attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer (Eastbourne 1740-1779 London) The Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers; and Edward, the Black Prince receiving John, King of France, prisoner after the Battle of Poitiers 30 x 44.1 cm. (11&#190; x 17 3/8 in.)<BR>a pair (2)

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Lot 12
Attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer (Eastbourne 1740-1779 London) The Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers; and Edward, the Black Prince receiving John, King of France, prisoner after the Battle of Poitiers 30 x 44.1 cm. (11¾ x 17 3/8 in.)
a pair (2)

Sold for £ 11,950 (US$ 16,234) inc. premium
Attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer (Eastbourne 1740-1779 London)
oil on panel, in a painted oval with an integrated mount of gesso and gilt with Prince of Wales feather relief

Footnotes

  • The present pair of paintings has traditionally been ascribed to Benjamin West, who painted these subjects for George III. At the Battle of Poitiers, 19th September 1356, the English under the Prince of Wales, known as the Black Prince, routed a much larger French army and even succeeded in capturing the French King John. The second painting shows the captured King and his son, Philip being brought before the Prince of Wales. The significance of the scene to 18th century English artists as an exemplar of morality was that which the historian and philosopher, David Hume saw fit to praise in his History of England: here the prisoners are being greeted with courtesy and respect; the true heroism that is being depicted is the moderation and humanity shown by the twenty-seven-year-old Prince as compared to the usual vain-glory of victory in war.
Attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer (Eastbourne 1740-1779 London) The Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers; and Edward, the Black Prince receiving John, King of France, prisoner after the Battle of Poitiers 30 x 44.1 cm. (11&#190; x 17 3/8 in.)<BR>a pair (2)
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