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Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Ireland (Dublin 1739 -  1808 ) Wikipedia® : Hugh Douglas Hamilton
HAMILTON Hugh Douglas Portrait Of Emilia Olivia, Duchess Of Leinster

Bonhams
Jul 4, 2018
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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.
Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of A Man

Hugh Douglas Hamilton - Portrait Of A Man

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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)
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