John Hamilton Mortimer, ‘An oval half-length portrait of a gentleman, surrounded by head and figure studies (recto); calligraphic pen studies intertwined with three heads (verso)’, Forum Auctions
John Hamilton Mortimer, ‘An oval half-length portrait of a gentleman, surrounded by head and figure studies (recto); calligraphic pen studies intertwined with three heads (verso)’, Forum Auctions

Probably circa 1765-70, with watermark of L.V. Gerrevink and partial armorial surrounding a horn, sheet 230 x 190 mm. (9 x 7 1/2 in), bears later pencil inscription and number verso, unframed.

From the Catalogue
A rare and possibly early example of the drawing exercises of Hamilton Mortimer. The calligraphy and head studies found on the verso are particularly fine, and both the recto and verso drawings stylistically relate to the sheet held in Tate, donated by Oppé (see: Sheet of Studies; a Male Caryatid, an Urn, Acanthus Scrolls Etc. Verso: Sketches, acc. no. T10132).
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