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Miniatures: G0694

Title

William Powell

Technique

Watercolour

Subject

Character

Posthumus Leonatus : Cymbeline

Artist

Spicer, Henry [ Attributed to ]

Dimensions

Height: 3.3cm
Width: 2.9cm

Other materials

Watercolour on paper

Inscription/signature

"the / tragedian / miniature / engd and Miss / Pope" (?) (pen and ink on verso)

Provenance

Unknown, but acquired before 1909

Other number

RW 427X (artist unknown)
CKA 427X (artist unknown, in character)

Exhibition history

? 1768 London, S. A., Special (108) "Portrait of Mr. Powell: in miniature" by Henry Spicer

Related works

Christie's 26 November 1986 (34) (three-quarter-length) seated to right,looking to front, holding playbill for “Cymbeline” and “The Oxonian”.

Powell wears a pink doublet with frills.
The Christie's miniature celebrates the Royal Command performance at Covent Garden on 28 December 1767, when Powell played Posthumus. The elder George Colman's “The Oxonian in Town” was the afterpiece. George III and Queen Charlotte attended. It seems likely that both the Christie's miniature and G0694 show Powell as Posthumus. The miniature (or another version of it) may have been the miniature by Henry Spicer exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1768.
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