Circle of John Hoppner, ‘The MacNamara Children, with Windsor Castle beyond’, Christie's Old Masters

The boy on the left is Rawdon MacNamara, who was born at Ayle, in the co. Clare, Ireland. The second son of Tiege (or Thady) and Narcissa MacNamara, Rawdon was a surgeon at Neath Hospital, and in 1831 served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He married Mary Simmers at Saint Nicholas Church, Galway in March 1818, and died in Dublin on 2 November 1836. Seated next to him is his sister, Louisa, who married Francis Pratt Smith of Larkfield, co. Westmeath in 1806. The boy flying the kite in the background is probably their elder brother, Dillon, who became a solicitor and also lived in Dublin. He married Charlotte, daughter of Alexander Campbell, Esq. in 1810.

The MacNamara Family, Dublin, Ireland, and by descent within the family to C.E. MacNamara, great granddaughter of one of the sitters.

with Knoedler, London.

Mrs. Edward Shearson; (†), Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 26 November 1955, lot 55, as 'John Hoppner, R.A.' ($4,100), where acquired by Jerome Taishoff.

Private Collection, Florida.

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