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Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Ireland (Dublin 1739 -  1808 ) Wikipedia® : Hugh Douglas Hamilton
HAMILTON Hugh Douglas Portrait Of Maria Susanna Ormbsy, Seated Holding A Sketch Book

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Mar 27, 2018
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Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Lady Caroline Spencer

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Lady Caroline Spencer

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Hugh Douglas Hamilton (Irish, 1740-1808) Lady Caroline Spencer, bust-length, in a white dress, with a black shawl; and Lady Elizabeth Spencer, bust-length, in a blue dress and white shawl one signed and dated 'Hamilton/ delin ****' (lower left) a pair, pastels, ovals 23.8 x 19.6cm (9 3/8 x 7 11/16in). (2) Footnotes Lady Caroline Spencer (1763-1813) was the eldest child of the 4th Duke of Marlborough and his wife Lady Caroline Russell. She married Henry, 2nd Viscount Clifden. Her younger sister Elizabeth (1764-1812) married John Spencer, her cousin.
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Mrs Elizabeth Golaney

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Mrs Elizabeth Golaney

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Lot number: 104
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MRS ELIZABETH GOLANEY [?], 1770 Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (1739-1808) titled on handwritten label on reverse; also with typed label verso regarding inscription to reverse of pastel pastel; (oval) 10 x 8¼in. (25.40 x 20.96cm) Provenance: Sotheby's, 24 November 1977, lot 132; Private collection; Sotheby's, 9 September 1998, lot 243; Private collection Literature: Jeffares, Neil, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800 (Online Edition), 19 May 2018, pp.4-5 (illustrated) Typed note verso read: 'The identity of the sitter is uncertain although the inscription on the reverse of the drawing appears to read 'Elizabeth Dod... 1770. Only daughter to the Duke of...'. The inscription backboard seems to bear no relation t...Read more
Hugh Douglas Hamilton -  Portrait Susan Countess Of Westmorland

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Susan Countess Of Westmorland

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HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1739-1808) PORTRAIT SUSAN COUNTESS OF WESTMORLAND signed and dated (H D Hamilton delin 1772) pastel, oval, 25 x 20cm, in sanded mount and gilt cavetto frame Provenance: Lady Mary Fludyer, nee Fane, the sitter's daughter (1772-1855); thence by descent in the Fludyer family to Sir Arthur John Fludyer 5th (and last) Bt; his sister Katherine Fludyer who married Henry Randolph Finch of The Croft, Manton, second son of George Finch of Burley on the Hill Rutland; thence by descent to the present vendors. ++Apparently very good condition, unexamined out of the frame
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of Emilia Olivia, Duchess Of Leinster

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of Emilia Olivia, Duchess Of Leinster

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Hugh Douglas Hamilton (Dublin 1740-1808) Portrait of Emilia Olivia, Duchess of Leinster signed 'H.Hamilton Pinx' (lower left) pastel on paper 82 x 64.2cm (32 5/16 x 25 1/4in). Footnotes Provenance The sitter and thence by descent to the present owner Literature Notes on the pictures & at Carton, Kilkea Castle, 13 Dominick Street, Dublin and 6 Carlton House Terrace, London, 1885, p. 39 (as in the Duke's Dressing Room) W.G. Strickland, 'Hugh Douglas Hamilton, portrait-painter', in Walpole Society, vol. II, 1912-13, p. 108 B. Fitz Gerald, 'Carton', in Country Life, 14 November 1936, p. 519, ill., fig. 10 A. Crookshank, 'Irish artists and their portraiture', in Connoisseur, December 1969, vol. 172, pp. 240-43, ill., fig. 9 W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists, Shannon, 1969, vol. I, p. 441 N.Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 228, ill N.Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, online, no. J.375.1647 The Hon. Emilia Olivia Usher (c.1755-1798) was the daughter of Lord St George of Headford Castle, Co. Galway, and she married William Robert Fitz Gerald (1749-1804), 2nd Duke of Leinster, in 1775. Her husband had inherited debts which her dowry of £68,000 did much to alleviate, but theirs was by no means simply a marriage of convenience, they are known to have been genuinely fond of each other and in due course they had ten children together. The young couple makes an appearance in one of the set of four demesne landscapes of Carton painted by Thomas Roberts in 1774-6, The sheet of water shows them approaching a boat in the idyllic park created by William's father in the style of Capability Brown (see: W. Laffan & B. Rooney, Thomas Roberts, Tralee, 2009, p.277, cat. 64-67). They most probably commissioned the pair of full-length pastel portraits from Hugh Douglas Hamilton, of which the present lot is one, in the late 1770s. The Duke is shown standing beside draped columns and opening a book of Leinster estate maps in his library at Carton, by contrast his wife is standing beside a balustrade on a terrace with a park as backdrop. The two portraits are recorded as hanging in the Duke's Dressing Room in the Carton inventory of 1885 (p.39) and they remain among the most spectacular examples of Hamilton's pastels. The Duke was a major patron of Hugh Douglas Hamilton, no fewer than 38 pastel portraits were listed in Carton and other Fitz Gerald properties, 28 of which hung as a display around the walls of the Study. The Duchess also sat to Hamilton for an oil portrait, on panel, 25.1 x 20.9 cm., that was sold at Christie's New York, 26 January 2012, lot 279. Hugh Douglas Hamilton began his career apprenticed to a pattern-drawer in Dublin; however, soon after his move to London in 1764 he began to specialise in small-scale oval pastel portraits on paper which clearly enjoyed some success as in 1769 he was commissioned to draw King George III and four of his sons. Hamilton's pastels are recognisable for the detail and modelling they convey despite their small size and for the hatching and overdrawn outlines that he added in fine graphite. By the late 1770s he was back in Ireland and was producing pastel portraits of a number of aristocratic patrons including the Duke of Leinster. In 1779 he left for Italy, spending 13 years in Rome and Florence portraying many of the visiting grand-tourists both in pastel and oil. One of the most impressive pastels from this period was that which he sent to the Royal Academy for the 1791 exhibition showing his friend Antonio Canova (1757-1822) with Henry Tresham (1751-1791) and Canova's sculpture Cupid and Psyche.
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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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.
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