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A three quarter length profile of a Lady of fashion


Artist: Buncombe

painted in black on card, signed on the reverse by / Buncombe/ Newport / Isle of Wight 1799, mounted in a turned pearwood frame

Buncombe is known for his coloured profiles of officers, his profiles of civilians - particularly ladies are very rare. He based himself in Newport in the Isle of Wight probably because in 1798 the Parkhurst Barracks (later renamed Albany Barracks, after Prince Frederick Duke of York, the Commander in Chief) was completed. It would have been a lucrative business to take profiles of the officers before they embarked on battle.

In 1799, the year this silhouette was executed, Norris Castle was built by James Wyatt, in the Isle of Wight , for Lord Henry Seymour. The estate adjoins the neighbouring Osborne House, country home to Queen Victoria.
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Period                 1799
Provenance                 Jack Pollack Collection
Condition                 Split in pearwood frame seen at top
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