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Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl Hardwicke (1757-1834) in robes and insignia of the Garter

£ 6,500

Artist: John Comerford

set in the original ormolu frame with laurel and berry border and inner mount

The Earl of Hardwicke was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during the years 1801-06. In 1803 he was nominated to the Order of the Garter. Hardwicke was a supporter of Catholic Emancipation.

This miniature was described by the Dublin Evening Post on 11 May 1804 as "one of the most exquisite productions."

Lord Hardwicke married Lady Elizabeth, daughter of James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres, in 1782. They had two sons and four daughters. His elder son, Philip Yorke, Viscount Royston, was Member of Parliament for Reigate but was lost at sea off Lübeck in 1808. His younger son, Charles James Yorke, Viscount Royston (1797-1810), died as a child. Lord Hardwicke died in November 1834, aged 77
More Information
Year                 1804
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Provenance                 The Comerford collection
Literature                 RIA (1801-03) Journal, 2 vols, Ms 24.K.15 Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, p. 215.

WG Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists, vol. 1 (1913), p.199

Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the portrait miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850 (
Exhibition                 Miniature portraits of Hardwicke by Comerford were exhibited at the Society of Artists of Ireland exhibitions in Dublin in 1801, 1802 and 1804.

Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Condition                 Small crack bottom right hand corner
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