A Fine English Double Portrait Miniature Signed 'GGB'p.

A Fine English Double Portrait Miniature Signed 'GGB'p.

1700 to 1800 England

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A Fine English Double Portrait Miniature Signed ‘GGB’p.
Oils on ivory ( framed )
A handwritten inscription to the reverse reading: ‘Mary Wife of the Hon. Edward Hay – Born 27 Oct 1727 – Died 11 Oct 1775 – and eldest daughter Harriet – Born 20th Aug 1753 – married May 1788 JH Brown of Badger, Salop – Died 11 April 1802 at 49’
Circa 1770 – 1780

Size: 6.5 cm high, 8 cm wide – 2½ ins high, 3¼ ins wide
13 cm high, 14 cm wide – 5 ins high, 5½ ins wide ( framed )
Provenance: From the estate of an English Private collector

The Honourable Edward Hay was the 3rd son of Henry Hay the 8th Earl of Kinnoull and became a Minister-plenipotentiary to the court of Lisbon. By his first marriage to Mary, daughter of Peter Flower he had 3 sons and 3 daughters, the eldest being Harriet who married Issac Hawkins Browne of Badger, Salop ( Shropshire ). Browne was the only son of the poet of the same name who lived 1705 - 1760. After making a grand tour for a year in 1775 he settled on his family estates at Badger. In 1790 he opened coal mines on his estate. Browne was a member of parliament for Bridgnorth from 1784 to 1812 and was a supporter of William Pitt the younger.
Perhaps this miniature was commissioned by wife and daughter as a fond reminder for Edward Hay so often away on his duties at the Court of Lisbon.
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Width 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Oils on ivory ( framed )
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