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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of George Ramsay Perceval (1821-50), wearing the uniform of the 72nd Highland Regiment of Foot

Portrait miniature of George Ramsay Perceval (1821-50), wearing the uniform of the 72nd Highland Regiment of Foot

Cornelius Beavis Durham (1810-84)

Portrait miniature of George Ramsay Perceval (1821-50), wearing the uniform of the 72nd Highland Regiment of Foot

Cornelius Beavis Durham (1810-84)

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Price:

Reserved

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 2 7/16 in (62 mm) high

Provenance:

By family descent; Bonhams, London, 18th November 2003, lot 142; Private collection, UK.

Inscriptions:

Inscribed, ‘George Ramsay Perceval’ on the reverse

Frame:

Gilt metal frame with glazed reverse

It is possible that this portrait of Perceval was painted just before his departure to the West Indies, in celebration of his military promotion...

George Ramsay Perceval was the grandson of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval and the son of Michael Henry Perceval. His grandfather, Spencer Perceval is generally remembered as the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated, his murder occurring before he had a chance to make his mark in office.[1] His grandson, George Ramsay is documented as purchasing a commission as an ensign in the 72nd Highland Regiment of Foot in 1839, at the age of eighteen.[2] He was then promoted from Lieutenant to Captain of the same regiment in 1846 before presumably being deployed to the West Indies with the 72nd in 1848.[3] It is possible that this portrait of Perceval was painted just before his departure to the West Indies, in celebration of his military promotion. He died at the tender age of twenty-eight at Demerara on 24th April 1850.[4]

Cornelius Durham worked as a miniature painter and an intaglio cutter in the nineteenth century. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists between 1828 and 1858. He is often recorded as working between 1825 and 1865, however, through recent research undertaken by Philip Mould & Co., his birth and death dates can now be accurately recorded.[5] Durham married Mary Cuisset at St Andrew’s church in Holborn on 30th August 1836 and the following year their son Cornelius John was born. He lent a number of portrait miniatures to the Special Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures on Loan to the South Kensington Museum in 1865. In the 1881 census Durham is listed as a ‘miniature painter’ at the age of seventy-one. He died three years later at the age of 74 in 1884.



[1] Spencer Perceval was assassinated on the 11th May 1812 by John Bellingham, an aggrieved businessman who was seeking compensation from the British Government after his false imprisonment for debt.His grandson, here he de ministewho was seeking compensation from the British Government after his false imprisonment for debt.

[2] Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Tuesday, February 12, 1839; Issue N/A. British Library Newspapers, Part I: 1800-1900.

[3] The Morning Post (London, England), Wednesday, July 08, 1846; PG. 4; Issue 22650. British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800-1900.

[4] The Morning Post (London, England), Friday, June 07, 1850; PG. 8; Issue 23866. British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800-1900.

[5] Cornelius Beavis Durham, died aged 74, England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915.

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