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    After John Hoppner (British, 1758-1810)
    Portrait of the Honorable Lucy Elizabeth Byng
    Oil on canvas
    30-1/4 x 25-1/2 inches (76.8 x 64.8 cm)

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    This lot is a copy of the work, The Honorable Lucy Byng, by John Hoppner that is currently in The Frick Collection, New York.

    Lucy Elizabeth Byng (1760-1844) whose father was George Byng, 4th Viscount Torrington, married Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Earl of Bradford in 1788. Her great-uncle was Admiral John Byng (1704-1757) who was court-martialed for what was considered his failure to prevent Minorca, a strategic position in the Mediterranean, from falling to the French during the Seven Years' War. Many saw him as a scapegoat for Naval inadequacies, however, he was sentenced to death and he was shot by firing squad when the King denied him clemency; the only admiral ever to be executed. The family felt the injustice quite keenly and even as late as 2007 some of Byng's descendants petitioned the British government for a posthumous pardon but it was refused by the Ministry of Defence.



    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; there appears to be moderate craquelure, however, the surface is stable; under UV exam, there appears to be a several tiny touches of inpaint in background; in figure, there appears to a spot of inpaint in figure's hair at neck and in blue sky along figure's cheek as well as an approx. 2 x 1 inch L- shaped line in dress at left shoulder; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 40.5 X 34.75 X 5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    December, 2016
    7th Wednesday
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