John Smart, Joseph Reinagle, wearing cream coat with gold buttons, matching waistcoat, white lace cravat and powdered wig worn en queue

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Lot 46Y
John Smart, Joseph Reinagle, wearing cream coat with gold buttons, matching waistcoat, white lace cravat and powdered wig worn en queue

Sold for £ 7,800 (US$ 10,700) inc. premium
John Smart (British, 1742/3-1811)
Joseph Reinagle, wearing cream coat with gold buttons, matching waistcoat, white lace cravat and powdered wig worn en queue.
signed on obverse with initials and dated J.S./ 1767, gilt-metal frame.
Oval, 36mm (1 3/8in) high

Provenance: Sotheby's, 22 February 1971, lot 68

Footnotes

  • Joseph Reinagle was born in Hungary and received his early education in Vienna at one of the German universities. Originally destined for the church, his aptitudes for music persuaded him to pursue musical studies. He eventually became a trumpeter at the Court of the Empress Maria Theresa before leaving Europe for Scotland, purportedly as a supporter of Charles Edward Stuart. Here he married Annie Laurie and moved firstly to Dover in 1749 and then to Portsmouth. The Reinagles had five children, all artistically gifted. Alexander, Joseph Jr. and Hugh became musicians. Philip and Anna Maria Theresa (named after the empress) were painters. In 1760, Joseph moved to Edinburgh to make more money for his rapidly expanding family. There he found employment as a paid professional with the Edinburgh Musical Society.

    The present lot is sold with a family tree, ostensibly of Joseph's son Philip (1749-1833), painter and Royal Academician.
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