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Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Ireland (Dublin 1739 -  1808 ) Wikipedia® : Hugh Douglas Hamilton
HAMILTON Hugh Douglas Portrait Of Edward Stanley, 11th Earl Of Derby, Small Half-length, In A Pale Green Coat And White Stock

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Jul 7, 2015
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Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of Maria Susanna Ormbsy, Seated Holding A Sketch Book

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of Maria Susanna Ormbsy, Seated Holding A Sketch Book

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Lot number: 54
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Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (1734-1808) Portrait of Maria Susanna Ormbsy, seated holding a sketch book Oil on board, 67 X 61cm (26 x 24) Inscribed upper right 'Maria Susanna, daughter of William and Hannah Ormsby, born 1745, died 1827'Signed and dated verso '1796'This excellent portrait, painted after Hamilton’s return to Dublin from Rome is not listed by Fintan Cullen. [Oil Paintings of Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Walpole Society Vol. 50 1984] and is a welcome addition to the inventory of Hamilton’s extant portraits (1796). It re-emerged from the recent disposal of the Harlech Collection in Wales. The Ormsby-Gores, in spite of a ‘Welsh’ title and seat, represent two families from the West of Ireland who flourished in the 18th century.The subject of the present lot, Maria Susannah Ormsby was the daughter of William Ormsby M.P for Sligo and Hannah Wynne of Haselwood, County Sligo, the lovely Palladian villa designed by Richard Castle. Her brother, Owen Ormsby married (1777) Margaret Owen who came into a great Welsh estate that had been swollen by the Godolphin inheritance. Their only child and heiress Mary Jane Ormsby married (1815) William Gore, M.P. for Leitrim from a family long influential in Counties Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim. Thereafter the family became Ormsby-Gore and were subsumed into English high society with a title from the Barony of Harlech. Our subject, Maria Susannah Ormsby, died unmarried so this portrait of a charming and artistic woman remained with the Ormsby-Gores. As an observation of mature character it confirms Hugh Douglas Hamilton’s place in the top rank of European portraiture.
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of A Man

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of A Man

Original 1789
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Lot number: 289
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HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1739-1808) Portrait of a man, half length with white ruff and blue coat Pastel, 24 x 19.5cm, oval Signed with initials and inscribed 'ROMA' Inscribed verso "Painted by Hamilton Rome 1789, altered and repainted by C Skripmsher London 1816" In contemporary George III giltwood frame Provenance: Lieutenant Colonel George William Panter and by descent to present owner. (Panter formed the outstanding pre-war collection of Irish silver, glass, militaria, pastels and architectural drawings in Dublin, much of which was sold through Sotheby's in the 1930s.)
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of The Rt. Hon. Walter Hussey Burgh

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of The Rt. Hon. Walter Hussey Burgh

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Hugh Douglas Hamilton, RHA
(Irish, 1739-1808)
Portrait of the Rt. Hon. Walter Hussey Burgh, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, MP in the Irish Parliament (1743-1783), half-length, wearing a black coat
pastel, oval
h:23 w:19 cm
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By descent from the sitter to the Le Fanu family, and thence by descent.
Walter Hussey Burgh (1742–1783 ) was an Irish statesman, barrister and judge; he sat in the Irish House of Commons, and was considered to be one of its outstanding orators; he served briefly as Chief Baron of the Exchequer at the end of his life.
Walter Hussey Burgh was born in Kildare, the son of Ignatius Hussey of Donore House, near Naas, and his wife Elizabeth Burgh. Elizabeth was the daughter of the leading statesman and architect, Colonel Thomas de Burgh, who designed some of the most notable Irish buildings of this era, including Trinity College Library. Walter adopted the surname Burgh as a condition of inheriting the Burgh estate at Drumkeen, County Limerick from his uncle Richard Burgh
Sir Jonah Barrington wrote about him in his memoirs (Personal Sketches of his own time: 1869). He described Burgh as "mild moderate and patriotic ... friendly to a fault, and disinterested to a weakness ... honest without affluence and ambitious without corruption". His one fault, it was generally agreed, was extravagance - he lived in considerable state, being driven to Court in a carriage with six horses and three outriders. Barrington also recorded some of his speeches.
Walter Hussey Burgh's most famous quote is:
"Talk not to me of peace. Ireland is not at peace, it is smothered in war. England has sown her laws as dragon's teeth, and they have sprung up as armed men".
A little dirt under the glass but fine. Old gilt frame has chips.
At least five autograph versions are known, and this one is listed but not reproduced in the "Dictionary of Pastellists" and in Strickland.
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - A Portrait Of Mary Preston

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - A Portrait Of Mary Preston

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HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1739-1808)A Portrait of Mary Preston Pastel and crayon, oval, 27 x 21.5cms (10.6 x 8.5)In gadroon gilt wood frame, with a contemporary paper label verso, Mary Preston youngest daughter of the Hon. Henry Hamilton, also with a later (19th century) label giving a misleading identification and attribution to Rosalba Carriera.Mary Hamilton married in 1764 (as his second wife) Nathaniel Preston of Swainston, Co. Meath. Her father was a younger son of Viscount Boyne of Stackallan, Co. Meath and her parents were intimate with Mrs Delaney who of them said - I never saw a couple better suited than Mr Hamilton and his wife, their house like themselves looks cheerful and neat...., they have four children, whose behaviour shows the sense of their parents. Mary's brother, Sackville Hamilton became a competent and respected Civil Servant.Provenance: Christie's 01/06/1928 Lot 30 (18 guineas)bought by John Maher, Bloomfield, Enniscorthy, thence by descent.Adam's, Important Irish Art 28/09/2005 Lot 25 (€8,200)
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of Edward Stanley, 11th Earl Of Derby, Small Half-length, In A Pale Green Coat And White Stock

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of Edward Stanley, 11th Earl Of Derby, Small Half-length, In A Pale Green Coat And White Stock

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Hugh Douglas Hamilton, R.H.A. (Dublin 1739-1808) Portrait of Edward Stanley, 11th Earl of Derby, small half-length, in a pale green coat and white stock pencil and pastel, oval 9 ¼ x 7 5/8 in. (23.5 x 19.4 cm.)

Provenance

Mrs Neville Whittingham; Henry Spencer and Sons, Retford, 25 February 1976, lot 249.

Literature

N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, online edition.
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