English School, Colonel Francis Columbine, three-quarter length, wearing armour, golden sash about his waist, white lace jabot and full-bottomed powdered wig tied with a blue ribbon, his left hand on the hilt of his sword, his right hand gesturing to a battle scene with burning castle in the background, to his right, his plumed helmet and roll of parchment on a red hanging

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Lot 6
English School, Colonel Francis Columbine, three-quarter length, wearing armour, golden sash about his waist, white lace jabot and full-bottomed powdered wig tied with a blue ribbon, his left hand on the hilt of his sword, his right hand gesturing to a battle scene with burning castle in the background, to his right, his plumed helmet and roll of parchment on a red hanging

Sold for £ 10,157 (US$ 14,088) inc. premium
English School (1708,
Colonel Francis Columbine, three-quarter length, wearing armour, golden sash about his waist, white lace jabot and full-bottomed powdered wig tied with a blue ribbon, his left hand on the hilt of his sword, his right hand gesturing to a battle scene with burning castle in the background, to his right, his plumed helmet and roll of parchment on a red hanging.

watercolour on vellum, , elaborate silver frame, the sides with roundels containing painted coats of arms, surmounted by trumpeting cherubs, the top with roundel containing a painted dove on a coronet, surrounded by flags, standards and armour, the bottom with roundel containing painted monogram, surrounded by reptiles, armour and swag bearing motto AUDACES FORTUNA JUVAT, the reverse with engraved coat of arms bearing same motto and engraved below Francis Columbine Esqr/ Colonel of Foot 1708.
Rectangular, 112mm (4 3/8in) high

Footnotes

  • The Grand Lodge of England of Accepted Masons was instituted in 1723 and in 1725 Francis Columbine became one of the first English provincial grand masters (for Cheshire). He was Governor of Gibralta 24 October 1739-22 April 1740. A chalk drawing of Columbine and his wife by Joseph Highmore in 1741 is the Fine Art Museum, San Francisco.
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