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18th century Portrait of a Lady in carved and gilded frame – attributed to John Astley (1724-1878) – Sarah Hamilton of Drumaspie, Dungannon, Co Tyrone – label on reverse – Sarah Hamilton, only child of William Hamilton of Drumaspie, married to Alexander Stuart – the portrait supposed to be by Ramsay of Edinburgh
Width: 27″ / 69 cms (Framed)
Height: 31″ / 79 cms
Oil on Canvas by Mason Chamberlain R.A. 1727-1787 – Samuel Richardson,, the Author, seated in his study with his son – Samuel, with his greyhound at his feet and holding a trundling hoop.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761)
Samuel Richardson, the son of a carpenter, attended school only intermittently until he was 17 when he became an apprentice to a printer.
By 1739 he was the proprietor of a printing press and became an author almost by accident. Based on a stock of letters by a servant girl, it took him just 2 months to produce ‘Pamela’, a book many consider to be the first modern English novel. The book focuses on every day life of the ‘common people’ written in a lively conversational tone that reflected real experiences. His other most popular work (regarded as his finest) is ‘Clarissa’ published in 1747.
Richardson married Martha Wilde (his first employer’s daughter) and they had 6 children but sadly all of them later died. He married once again and had 6 more children with Elizabeth Leake of which 4 survived. One of his sons, Samuel, is depicted in this painting
Mason Chamberlain R.A. (1727-1787) began his career in a counting house in the City of London but turned to art and studied under Hayman, in whose manner he painted conversation pieces.
He was a founder member of the Royal Academy, exhibiting 50 works there between 1760 and 1786. He painted the portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762 and their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward and Princess Augusta in 1771.
His works are represented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, London, Yale NMM and the Milwaukee Museum.
Christies July 11 1984
With Thomas Agnew and Sons, London
Philip Reiff, the sociologist 1984
With Mallet, London (See Label Verso)
Width: 40″ / 102 cms
Height: 48″ / 122 cms