A portrait miniature of John Arbuthnot (1729-1797) Inspector-General to the Irish Linen Trade
A portrait miniature of John Arbuthnot (1729-1797) Inspector-General to the Irish Linen Trade
A portrait miniature of John Arbuthnot (1729-1797) Inspector-General to the Irish Linen Trade
A portrait miniature of John Arbuthnot (1729-1797) Inspector-General to the Irish Linen Trade

FREDERICK BUCK (1771-c.1839)

A portrait miniature of John Arbuthnot (1729-1797) Inspector-General to the Irish Linen Trade

1790 Ireland

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wearing a blue coat with ermine trim and fine silver embroidered white linen waistcoat and black stock
in the original gold navette shaped frame, the reverse with gold monogram JA on plaited hair within bright cut work and the sitter's name and dates

John the son of George and Margaret Robinson lived at Rockfleet, Co.Mayo. He tried various ventures in England and France but was finally offered a post as Inspector- General to the Irish Linen Trade in 1782. In the 18th century Irish Linen was imported duty free to England and to British Plantations in America and by the end of the 18th century when John was Inspector - General, linen accounted for about half of Ireland's total exports. The fine ermine bordered coat and silk waistcoat is a true indication of the John's own wealth.

Clearly a successful business man John was not quite so lucky in love, he had five wives! He married firstly, Sally Margaret Cecil, secondly in 1750 Ursula Fitzgerald, thirdly, Anne Stone in 1762, fourthly, Helen O'Halloran in 1789 and finally in 1791 Anne Elizabeth Heard.
Minor flecks of dust under the glass. Several minor chips to the glass at the border
Dimensions
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Stock Code
4827
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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