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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of a Lady, identified as Harriet Blanshard (née Gale) (1745-1822), wearing low-cut blue trimmed gold dress with lace collar, the sleeves slashed to reveal white, her pink powdered hair upswept and decorated with white gauze hanging behind the neck and around her front, attached at her corsage with pearls, 1782

Portrait miniature of a Lady, identified as Harriet Blanshard (née Gale) (1745-1822), wearing low-cut blue trimmed gold dress with lace collar, the sleeves slashed to reveal white, her pink powdered hair upswept and decorated with white gauze hanging behind the neck and around her front, attached at her corsage with pearls, 1782

John Smart (1741-1811)

Portrait miniature of a Lady, identified as Harriet Blanshard (née Gale) (1745-1822), wearing low-cut blue trimmed gold dress with lace collar, the sleeves slashed to reveal white, her pink powdered hair upswept and decorated with white gauze hanging behind the neck and around her front, attached at her corsage with pearls, 1782

John Smart (1741-1811)

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Price:

£7,500

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 1 7/7 in (48 mm) high

Provenance:

Karin Henninger-Tavcar, 1995; Private Collection, Germany.

Inscriptions:

Signed with initials and dated, ‘J.S/1782’

Frame:

Gold frame engraved with ‘arrowhead’ edge, the reverse glazed to reveal hair design. Old label attached to reverse which reads: ‘Harriet Gale/of Scruton, Yorks/marr.1778/Capt Blanshard’

The sitter is identified on the reverse as Harriet Gale, wife of Captain John Atkinson Blanshard of the East India Company, and granddaughter of the scholar Henry Gale of Scruton, Yorkshire...

The sitter is identified on an old label on the reverse as Harriet Gale, wife of Captain John Atkinson Blanshard (1756-1806) of the East India Company, and granddaughter of the scholar Henry Gale of Scruton, Yorkshire. This seems plausible as not only does this accord with the sitter’s apparent age, but it is also known that Smart was very well acquainted with this group of patrons, both prior to his departure to India in 1785 and following his return in 1795. It is known for example, that in 1786 Captain Blanshard was commanding officer of the ‘Rockingham’, which was acquired in 1793 by the merchant Robert Wigram whose portrait by Smart (1800) is also in this exhibition [Cat.33]. Furthermore, whilst in the ownership of Wigram, the ‘Rockingham’ was commanded by the Hon. Hugh Lindsay, who, according to Daphne Foskett, was also painted by Smart in the same year as Wigram[1].



[1] Foskett, 1964, Plate p.70.

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