Lot 11


Portrait miniature of Admiral Sir Charles Saunders (1715-1775), wearing the sash and breast star of the Order of the Bath
signed with initials and dated ‘JS 1778’ (centre left)
on ivory (ref. ZN31B8RM)
5cm high
in a gilt metal frame

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
Hammer price: £3,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Sotheby’s, London, 16 December 1974, lot 155;
Private collection, UK

D. Fosket, John Smart, The Man and his miniatures, London 1964, p. 73.

Another version of this portrait by John Smart was painted in 1773.
An apparent copy of the present portrait in oil on copper was sold Sotheby’s, London, 23 September 2021, lot 224 (from the collection of the late Timothy Clowes).

The sitter was a Royal Navy officer and served during The Seven Years’ War. He was awarded the Order of the Bath in 1761 and he was buried at Westminster Abbey.

Condition report
Retouching, lower right background.
After the Sotheby’s sale, the miniature underwent some restoration by Limner Antiques.

The present work will be on view at Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE, 21 & 22 March, 11am-5pm

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