William Wood, Major Henry Davis (b.1763), wearing uniform of Light Dragoons, his French Grey coatee with red collar outlined with silver lace, silver lace cord epaulette, silver lace shoulder cord retaining the white leather shoulder belt

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Lot 94Y
William Wood, Major Henry Davis (b.1763), wearing uniform of Light Dragoons, his French Grey coatee with red collar outlined with silver lace, silver lace cord epaulette, silver lace shoulder cord retaining the white leather shoulder belt

Sold for £ 22,200 (US$ 30,528) inc. premium
William Wood (British, 1769-1810)
Major Henry Davis (b.1763), wearing uniform of Light Dragoons, his French Grey coatee with red collar outlined with silver lace, silver lace cord epaulette, silver lace shoulder cord retaining the white leather shoulder belt.
signed on reverse By/ Will: Wood/ of Cork Strt,/ Lond. and inscribed beneath now/ dead, backed with card signed E W Thomson/ Miniature Painter/ New Bond Street/ Enquire at Mr Orme's Print Seller, gold frame.
Oval, 82mm (3 1/4in) high

Literature: W. Wood, Memorandum of Miniatures Painted and Finished by William Wood, 1790-1808, vol.III, folio 5824 or 5830

Footnotes

  • Henry Davis became a Lieutenant Colonel in January 1800 in the 25th Light Dragoons. In May of the same year he was promoted to Major.

    William Wood painted two portraits of Davis in 1801. The first finished on 14 February and delivered on 22nd February (costing £5 and £5/10/- for the frame). The second began on 15 February, finished on 21 February and delivered on 28 February (costing £10/10/- (presumably for miniature and frame). Both miniatures were framed by Flower. The overlapping time frame of the two miniatures implies that Wood was commissioned right from the beginning to paint two versions. In his sitter book Wood describes the sitter as 'about 38 years old, shows chiefly right side and looking on'.
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