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.
Dimensions
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Width 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Medium
Oils on ivory ( framed )
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