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Lot 21

ENGLISH SCHOOL, EARLY 19TH CENTURY A portrait of Admiral Sir Philip Charles Durham (1763-1845)

watercolour on paper, depicted as a young man in naval undress uniform, inscribed verso ‘Admiral Sir Philip Durham Left by Lady Erskine’, 12cm x 9.5cm

Provenance: Purchased from a dealer in 2013.

Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000
Bidding ended. Lot is unsold.

Further reading: Hilary I. Rubenstein, Sir Philip Durham in Miniature, The Kedge Anchor Magazine, Autumn 2022, pg. 16-17.

Hilary, I. Rubenstein, Trafalgar Captain: Durham of the Defiance, published 2005.

Note: There are several known portraits of Durham, all apparently later than this. This portrait appears unrecorded and unknown to Durham’s biographer Hilary Rubenstein. The Lady Erskine inscription may refer to Anna Graham Durham, David 2nd Baron Erskine’s third wife and widow of Thomas Calderwood Durham, Admiral Durham’s brother.

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