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04/09/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th September 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Early 19th Century Scottish School Antique Portrait of a Boy by Lady Henrietta A. Hay-Drummond, After James Roberts, Circa 1827

  • Reference : HAFAA01
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : With frame = 33.01 cm W x 38.70cm H. Without frame = 25.3 cm W x 30.50cm H
  • Price : £595


A fine early 19th Century Scottish School antique portrait of a boy with inscription verso attributing the painting to Lady Henrietta A. Hay-Drummond, after James Roberts.

Watercolour heightened with body colour.

Presented behind glass in a period gilt-gesso frame.

Verso, a hand-written label originally stated "This portrait in water colours was painted and reduced by my dearest Daughter Henrietta A. Hay-Drummond, April 1827. From a large portrait in oils on the back of which are written these words by my beloved friend Sir English Dolben. Painted by James Roberts who died 1806. And purchased at his sale in the same year by me John English Dolben. I lament that I did not ask Roberts whose portrait it was" June 13, 1827, E R Hay-Drummond D.D.`.  PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER THAT PART OF THE COMMENTARY ON THE LABEL IN BOLD TYPE ABOVE HAS SADLY BECOME DETATCHED AND MISPLACED.

Condition: Very minor surface marks which are hardley noticeable and do not detract from the overall portrait which still displays well.  There are minor age-related losses to the gesso frame as per the images.

About Lady Henrietta A Hay-Drummond:

Lady Henrietta A Hay-Drummond,(B. 23 August 1783 – D. 7 October 1854) - married Henry Drummond Esq, of Albury Park, Surrey, President of the Western Literary and Scientific institution and grandson of Henry, Viscount Melville, 23rd June 1807. She was the daughter of Robert Auriol, 10th Earl of Kinnoull.

Albury Park was purchased by Henry Drummond in 1819. Drummond added a battlemented stone Gothic tower at the north-west corner of the building and 63 brick chimneys - each to a different design. His architect was Augustus Pugin. Drummond also planted many of the rare trees in the park.

About James Roberts, the portraitist:

James Roberts (1753– ca.1806/1809) was a painter active in England in the later 18th century. He is best known as a portraitist, though he also painted landscapes and miniatures.

Roberts exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1773 to 1784, and again from 1795 to 1799; in the interval, he worked in Oxford as a drawing master.

Roberts worked on a set of dramatic portraits, to be engraved for the book series Bell's British Theatre. These were for John Bell, and were executed from 1775 to 1781, as a collection of over 60 watercolours on vellum.

About Sir John English Dolben:

The Dolben Baronetcy, of Finedon in the County of Northamptonshire, was a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 1 April 1704 for Gilbert Dolben, son of John DolbenArchbishop of York. Gilbert was judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Ireland) and MP for RiponPeterborough and Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. The 3rd Baronet was an MP for Oxford University and Northamptonshire, and was an avid campaigner for abolition of the slave trade. The title became extinct on the death of Sir John English Dolben, the 4th Baronet, in 1837. William Harcourt Isham Mackworth (1806—1872), a younger son of Sir Digby Mackworth, the 3rd Baronet, took the additional surname Dolben after he married Frances, the heiress of the 4th Baronet.

The family seat was Finedon Hall, in Finedon, Northamptonshire. It has now been converted into flats.

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