Frederick Buck c1806
Frederick Buck c1806
Frederick Buck c1806
Frederick Buck c1806

FREDERICK BUCK (1771-c.1839)

Frederick Buck c1806

c. 1806 Cork Ireland

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A portrait miniature of a young officer of the 48th Northamptonshire Regiment, he is wearing a scarlet coated with buff coloured facings, single gold fringed epaulette, white cross belt bearing the number 48, black stock and frilled white cravat.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame the reverse with curls of hair held with seed pearls on opalescent glass.

FREDERICK BUCK – 1771 – 1839

Born in Cork, 1771; son of Jonathon Buck & brother of Adam Buck, he was a pupil of the Dublin Society Schools in 1783 He had a large practice in Cork, living in 1787 at Fen’s Quay, 1795 in Mardyke Street & in 1810 in Buckingham Square.

During the Peninsular War, when Cork was a busy port of embarkation, his services were in great demand to paint portraits of officers. When he was particularly busy in order to keep pace with the demand he kept a supply of painted ivories to which he added the heads & regimental facings as required. He tended to use rather a hot colouring, which is an unmistakable characteristic of his work.

Examples of his work are in the V & A Museum. A fine miniature by him was in the collection of R Bayne Powell of Gaynor Barry of Hillbarry, Co Dublin and was painted in 1780.
Height 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Width 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
External Height 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
External Width 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
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Watercolour on ivory
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