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A profile of a Naval officer


Artist: Buncombe

painted and coloured on card, he wears blue uniform with buttons and breast plate embossed with anchors
set into a turned pear wood frame with verre eglomise border, the reverse with rare trade label 'Striking Likenesses / in Profile / By J.Buncombe/ Ladies & Gentleman waited on/ by sending their address to' a further ink inscription Married to Miss Turner of Stafford/shire/ April 10th 1799 .

There has been much discussion about the work of Charles, the father and his son John Buncombe. According to McKechnie Committee Minutes for 1830 regarding the apprenticeship of John Buncombe prove that he could not be responsible for much work that has been ascribed to him as he was not born. It has been speculated that the 'J' on the trade labels(as seen on this silhouette) is a miss-reading, or indicative of Charles' middle name. Discussion about the true identity of Buncombe silhouettes is ongoing.
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Period                 1799
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