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image P27

Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740 - 1808)

Portrait of Nathaniel Marchant RA

c.1780

Oil on wood

Height: 19cm, sight size
Width: 24.2cm

Museum number: P27

Curatorial note

Nathanial Marchant (1739-1816) was probably the most famous gem engraver of the 19th century, prolific in both Italy and England. He became gem sculptor to the Prince of Wales and engraver to The King.

The painting was attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton by Fintan Cullan in 1985: he cited the similarity in style to known works by Hamilton and the fact that Hamilton was a friend of the sitter while they were both in Rome in the 1780s.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unknown. In Sir John Soane's collection by 1837.

Literature

DNB, entry by Gertrud Seidmann on Nathaniel Marchant


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