John Smart Junior (British, 1776-1809) The Hon. Peniston Lamb (1770-1805), wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, frilled chemise, stock and tied cravat, his hair lightly powdered
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John Smart Junior
(British, 1776-1809)
The Hon. Peniston Lamb (1770-1805), wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, frilled chemise, stock and tied cravat, his hair lightly powdered
Sold for £ 4,000 (US$ 5,211) inc. premium

Lot Details
John Smart Junior (British, 1776-1809)
The Hon. Peniston Lamb (1770-1805), wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, frilled chemise, stock and tied cravat, his hair lightly powdered.
Signed on the obverse and dated J S J/ 1805, the reverse inscribed died January 25 1805, gold frame with borders of blue and white enamel to the obverse, the reverse glazed.
Oval, 72mm (2 13/16in) high
Provenance: Christie's, London, 25 November 1980, lot 73.

Footnotes

  • The present lot, painted shortly before Peniston's death, can be compared with an oil painting, c.1797-99, titled, 'The Hon Peniston Lamb with his horse Assassin and his dog Tanner', by Benjamin Marshall (Private Collection).

    Peniston Lamb was the eldest son of Sir Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne (1745-1828) and Elizabeth Milbanke (1749-1818), the only daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, 5th Bt. of Halnaby Hall, Yorkshire. His father is said to have been coarse and neglectful, whilst Lady Melbourne in contrast, was a jewel of high Whig society and much admired for her hospitality at Melbourne House, Piccadily. Lady Melbourne worked hard to cultivate and promote her four sons. The eldest three were widely publicised by Reynolds' portrait, which was engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi in 1791 as 'The Affectionate Brothers'. Peniston was an early disappointment to his mother, taking after his father in many respects, 'both moral and physical' (M. Boyle, Biographical Catalogue of the Portraits at Panshanger the seat of Earl Cowper, K.G., 1885, p.320), although both Lord and Lady Melbourne conducted numerous affairs outside their marriage. Of their six children who had survived infancy, Peniston was the only child truly believed to have been fathered by Lord Melbourne. Their youngest daughter, Harriet died of consumption in 1803 at the age of fourteen. The same fate would befall Peniston in 1805, aged thirty-four.

    Lady Melbourne formed a friendship with Lord Byron and became his confidante during his affair with her daughter-in-law, Lady Caroline Lamb née Ponsonby (1785–1828), who married Peniston's brother, William in 1805. Byron later married Lady Melbourne's niece Anne Isabella Milbanke. Peniston's affair with Mrs Sophia Musters née Heywood (1758-1819), half a generation his senior and the erstwhile subject of portraits by Reynolds, Romney and Stubbs, was scrutinized by the public and the press.

    Peniston was eventually elected MP for Newport (1793–1796) and MP for Hertfordshire (1802–1805). He died unmarried and without children. William eventually became Prime Minister and 2nd Viscount Melbourne.
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