John Smart I (Norfolk 1741-1811 London) Portrait miniature of Constantine Phipps (1746-1797), bust-length, in a blue coat with a white waistcoat embroidered with gold and a white stock (in a blue enamel and gilt locket with diamonds and half-pearls )

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John Smart I
(Norfolk 1741-1811 London)
Portrait miniature of Constantine Phipps (1746-1797), bust-length, in a blue coat with a white waistcoat embroidered with gold and a white stock

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,749) inc. premium
John Smart I (Norfolk 1741-1811 London)
Portrait miniature of Constantine Phipps (1746-1797), bust-length, in a blue coat with a white waistcoat embroidered with gold and a white stock
watercolour on ivory, oval
3.2 x 2.6cm (1 1/4 x 1in).
in a blue enamel and gilt locket with diamonds and half-pearls

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The sitter, Constantine Phipps, and thence by descent to the present owner

    This miniature is believed to have been painted in 1771, the date of Constantine Phipps's marriage to Elizabeth Tierney. Phipps was the second son of Constantine Phipps the Elder, a landowner. In 1788 he moved his family to Caen, Normandy, hoping to educate his ten (eventually thirteen) children more economically. Phipps and his wife returned to England in 1792 to attend their daughter's wedding. The escalating conflict between France and England prevented Phipps from returning to France where he had left eight children behind.

    A further fine early portrait miniature of Phipps by Smart, dated 1770 and measuring 4.6 x 4.1 cm., is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.

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  • Please note that the present lot is signed with monogram 'S' and indistinctly dated (to the left of the sitter's shoulder)
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John Smart I (Norfolk 1741-1811 London) Portrait miniature of Constantine Phipps (1746-1797), bust-length, in a blue coat with a white waistcoat embroidered with gold and a white stock (in a blue enamel and gilt locket with diamonds and half-pearls )
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