• Study of a Sportsman and his dog in Parkland -
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    Black chalk on prepared paper

    39 by 25.9 cm., 15 ? by 10 inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Spinks, London, circa 1985

    Private Collection until 2011

     

    John Raphael Smith exhibited portraits at the Royal Academy from 1779 until 1805. He specialised in portrait drawings and later in his life much of his work was produced in the northern cities of York, Sheffield and Doncaster where he died.

  • Portrait of a Girl -
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    Half-length, in a landscape

     

    coloured chalks over pencil

    21 by 18.7cm., 8 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches

     

    Provenance:

    Private Collection, Dorchester

  • Portrait of a Gentleman -
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    Half-length, wearing a brown coat and tricorn hat

    Pastel

    39.6 by 30.3 cm, 15 3/4 by 12 inches

     

    Provenance

    with Colnaghi's, London

     

    The son of the landscape artist Thomas Smith of Derby (d.1767), John Raphael Smith came to London in 1767 and worked as a linen draper while teaching himself to draw. He became a very successful mezzotint engraver as well as producing portraits in pastel.

  • Portrait of Elizabeth Hanford (1783-1844) -
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    Half-length in a black dress, a red curtain behind with a view of a country village

    Signed verso: Painted at Overbury in August/1806 by J.R. Smith of 33 Newman Street/London.

    Coloured chalks

    24 by 20.2 cm., 9 ½ by 8 in.

     

    Elizabeth Hanford, née Martin, was born at Overbury Court, Worcestershire. Overbury had been the seat of the Martins, a banking family, since the 1730s and still belongs to the family. Elizabeth married Charles Edward Hanford (1782-1854) of nearby Woollas Hall and they had six children
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