Sir George Hayter (British, 1792-1871) James Ramsey Cuthbert (c.1776-1821), wearing gold doublet trimmed with braid, white lace falling collar and cuffs, the sleeves slashed to reveal white satin beneath, a black cloak lined with red around his shoulders, a column behind, an archway with garden landscape to the right

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Lot 164Y
Sir George Hayter
(British, 1792-1871)
James Ramsey Cuthbert (c.1776-1821), wearing gold doublet trimmed with braid, white lace falling collar and cuffs, the sleeves slashed to reveal white satin beneath, a black cloak lined with red around his shoulders, a column behind, an archway with garden landscape to the right

Sold for £ 4,560 (US$ 6,285) inc. premium
Sir George Hayter (British, 1792-1871)
James Ramsey Cuthbert (c.1776-1821), wearing gold doublet trimmed with braid, white lace falling collar and cuffs, the sleeves slashed to reveal white satin beneath, a black cloak lined with red around his shoulders, a column behind, an archway with garden landscape to the right.
Signed on the reverse and dated J.R. Cuthbert Esqr/ painted by/ George Hayter/ 1813, carved gilded wood frame set within fitted red leather travelling case.
Rectangular, 175mm (6 7/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Mr Cuthbert wears an example of the 'Van Dyck' dress so popular in high society throughout the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Masquerading, both at private houses and public pleasure gardens, was a fashionable pursuit for the upper classes at that time and, in 1774, the wit and diarist Horace Walpole wrote to Sir William Hamilton in Naples: 'if you were to come over, you would find us in a general masquerade. The maccaronis [sic], not content with producing new fashions everyday, and who are great reformers, are going to restore the Vandyck dress'.

    Such romantic garb exerted a powerful influence on the portraitists of the Georgian and Regency eras and was embraced by artists as diverse as Gainsborough and Cosway. In the present case, Mr Cuthbert's slashed sleeves, braided doublet and lace falling collar anticipate the vogue for le style troubadour, which was popularised by the Empress Josephine in France, and would go on to influence fashions for both men and women into the 1820s and beyond.

    James Ramsey Cuthbert, son of Arthur and Sarah Cuthbert, lived in Grosvenor Square at the time of his death in 1821, he also maintained country seats in Roxburghshire and Middlesex. A handwritten label to the reverse of the frame states that the present lot was painted by Hayter in July 1813 and cost £63. A James 'Ramsay' Cuthbert is listed as MP for the constituency of Appleby in Westmorland prior to 1812. Research further suggests that his wife, Sophia, was painted by Lawrence around 1815, her portrait having since entered the collection at the Louvre.
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