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Miniature Portrait Sells For £30,000

Dukes

8:40am 19th June 2014

A miniature portrait of a smart woman from the early 1800's has sold at auction in Dorchester for three times its estimate.

The portrait, is of the daughter Miss Annie Chambers the old Chief Justice of Bengal, and was painted by one of Britain's most sought-after miniaturists John Smart.

Measuring just 3 and a half inches the small ivory watercolour portrait from the Regency era of the United Kingdom sold at Dukes to a London gallery.

Staff said the picture is special because the identity of the sitter is known after it was passed down generations and stayed within the family.

Dukes auctioneers said although Miss Annie, who was 19-years-old at the time, looks beautiful and happy in the portrait, she was something of a black sheep in a large family:

"Ironically, despite her beautiful looks in the miniature, Annie is described in the book 'Sir Robert Chambers: Law, Literature and Empire in the Age of Johnson' by Thomas Curley, as being '… crossed in love…a hopeless invalid and spinster long before her death in 1858."

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