• Portrait of Dr Hugh Kennedy -
    Price on request

    Half-length

    Signed centre right: T. Hickey/1774 

    Coloured chalks over pencil on laid paper, oval

    210 x 164 mm., 8 ¼ x 6 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s, 17th May 1934, lot 47;

    With J. Maher, 1939

     

    Literature:

    Edward A. McGuire, `Pastel Portrait Painting in Ireland in the XVIII century’, Connoisseur, vol. CIII, 1939, p.11, fig. v;

    Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, 2006, p. 236, ill.

     

    Dr Hugh Alexander Kennedy (d. 1795) was Irish by birth and qualified as a doctor of medicine in Edinburgh in June 1754.  He was elected Physician to the Middlesex hospital in 1759, a position he held for twenty-three years, and was admitted to the College of Physicians in 1765. He was the physician serving with the Duke of Abermarle at the Siege of Havana in 1762. He was Physician Extraordinary to the Prince of Wales at the time of his death, and Director-General of the Hospitals on the Continent. Another portrait of the same sitter, by Lemuel Francis Abbott (c.1760-1802), is recorded (NPG files).

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