Frederick Buck s 1805
Frederick Buck s 1805
Frederick Buck s 1805
Frederick Buck s 1805

FREDERICK BUCK (1771-c.1839)

Frederick Buck s 1805

c. 1805 Ireland

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Portrait miniature of a young curly headed Naval Officer. He is wearing a blue jacket with white facings, brass buttons, a white chemise and stock.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame the reverse with two curls of hair held with gold wire and seed pearls and a blue glass surround.

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 5.50 cm (2.17 inches)
Width 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
Stock Code
Watercolour on ivory
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