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A young boy called Fletcher and another silhouette


Artist: English School

cut out on card on blue paper, with extracts of letter 'your little black profile, for which I suppose you would laugh now, with sword in hand, hangs in our drawing room under that of Grandmamma. We all write in kindess love and believe me, My dear Fltecher/ your very affectionate Mother .... Dec 17th 1839 Mrs. Balmain? Norton ; together with a profile of a Gentleman, painted on card, in circular glazed frame (4.5cm.high) (2)

Provenance: Peggy Hickman Collection; Christie's, South Kensington, 12 May, 1993, lot 88 & lot 30

It is possible that the sitter is Fletcher Norton, 3rd Baron Grantley (1796–1875), the son of Hon. Fletcher Norton (d. 1820) and Caroline Elizabeth Balmain, who married 1825 Charlotte Earle Beechey, the youngest daughter of Sir William Beechey. Fletcher became an officer in the Grenadier Guards, being present at the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo
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Year                 circa 1800
Condition                 minor stains to blue paper background; tears to paper at border in Second silhouette
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