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Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Sandwich)

  Lot 16


Sold for £3,800

Condition report
Pastel is behind glass and has retained good colour. It is understood not to have been touched since being sold at Christie's. Fine overall condition.

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Portrait of Captain Matthews, R.N., bust-length, in full dress uniform
signed and dated in pencil 'J. Russell RA pinxt./1800-' (upper left)
pastel and bodycolour
23½ x 16 5/8in. (59.7 x 42.2cm.)

Of the several 'Matthews' listed for this period, only one attained the rank of the sitter. John Matthews was made a Captain on 13th September 1793 and was still serving in this rank when he died on 21st March 1798, indicating this is a posthumous commemorative image.

Provenance: Christie's, King Street British Watercolours 8th April 1997, lot 14, (£2,760)