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signed with initials on the obverse and dated 1764
in the original gold bracelet clasp frame
Smart is known to have painted two miniatures in 1764, one of John Mexborough,1st Earl, the other a portrait of the Hon. Thomas Hervey MP (1699-1775) , which is in Ickworth, Suffolk. The sitter in this miniature bears a very close resemblance to the portrait of John Hervey.
Thomas Hervey (1698-1775) the eccentric pamphleteer, was the second son of John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol (1665-1751) and his second wife Elizabeth Felton (1676-1741), daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Felton, Bt. of Playford, Suffolk. He matriculated at Christchurch, Oxford, in 1717, but was taken away from there before taking a degree and sent to Lincoln’s Inn, rather than – as he wanted – into the Army. Thereupon he gave himself up to drink, fought two duels, spent eleven years without a continuous night’s sleep, and was racked by a constant fever, for which he was bled over a hundred times in seventeen or eighteen years; so that, before reaching his majority, his mind was unhinged. Nonetheless, from 1733 to 1747 he was MP for Bury St Edmunds, from 1727 to 1737 Equerry to Queen Caroline (d. 1737) and from 1728 Vice-Chamberlain of her Household, and from 1738 Superintendant of the Royal Palaces and Gardens.
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