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William Williams (1752-1818)



William Williams (1752-1818)

Portrait by his grandson Frederick Tatham, in the style of Holbein. Watercolour miniature on ivory, 9.7 x 7.6 cm. One of a pair, with portrait of his second wife. 1830. Both inscribed on reverse. In the collection of the Yale Center of British Art, New Haven, CT.
Label on verso ca. 2000: Peter Nahum, Leicester Street Galleries, 5 Ryder St, London.
Reference to Christie & Manson sale of 1849: Catalogue of the beautiful collection of pictures of the very highest class, of William Williams Hope, Esq., partly from Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire.
Another source dates the 2 portraits to 1828 and says they were sold by the family in 2001.
There has to be some question regarding the date and the subject:
- the similarity of the names William Williams and William Williams Hope warns of possible confusion;
- William Williams died in 1818, 10 to 12 years before the portrait's stated date;
- he is not known to have married twice:;
- there is no recorded Tatham family connection with the 1849 vendor William Williams Hope (1802-1855), who lived in Paris and never married.
A possible link could be with William Williams Hope's cousin Thomas Hope (1769-1831), who moved in the same circles as Frederick Tatham's father Charles Heathcote Tatham, and shared his artistic and design tastes.


Owner of originalYale Center of British Art, New Haven, CT
Dateabt 1830
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