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Joshua McGeough of Drumsill (1747–1817)

Samuel Percy (Dublin 1750 - London 1820)

Category

Art / Sculpture

Date

1811 (signed and dated)

Materials

Polychrome wax and silk on wood

Measurements

273 x 241 mm

Place of origin

Great Britain

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Collection

The Argory, County Armagh (Accredited Museum)

On show at

The Argory, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, National Trust

NT 564569

Summary

Polychrome wax and silk on wood, Joshua McGeough of Drumsill (1747–1817) by Samuel Percy (Dublin 1750 - London 1820), signed and dated on reverse: S. Percy 1811 and inscribed: To see these Portraits to advantage, Hold the Top of the Frame parallel to the window, that all the features may catch equal Light and Shadow. A half-length portrait. Samuel Percy was an Irish wax-modeller and sculptor, active in England. He trained at the Dublin Society's Schools and first exhibited at the Society in 1772 with a relief of Abraham offering Isaac. In about 1777 he went to London and soon established a thriving practice as a portraitist in wax, modelling in profile until 1790 when he added full-face portraits in high relief.

Provenance

Drumsill House (In an inventory taken on February 23rd to 24th 1894, listed as being in the Library was the following item: ‘Wax Picture in Gilt Frame (Joshua McGeough) £20.0.0’.); transferred to The Argory in 1916 when Drumsill House was sold by the family and the contents moved to The Argory; given with The Argory by Walter Albert Nevill (Tommy) MacGeough Bond (1908 - 1986).

Credit line

National Trust Collections (The Argory, The MacGeough Bond Collection)

Marks and inscriptions

Reverse: To see these Portraits to advantage, / Hold the Top of the Frame parallel to / the window, that all the features may / catch equal Light and Shadow. S Percy 1811

Makers and roles

Samuel Percy (Dublin 1750 - London 1820), artist

References

Moore 2015 Anna Moore, 'Discovering a Samuel Percy wax portrait in Northern Ireland' in Understanding British Portraits, 3 March 2015, Typically the text reads: ‘To see these Portraits to advantage, Hold the Top of the Frame parallel to the window, that all the features may catch equal Light and Shadow.’ The Argory wax is signed and dated ‘S. Percy 1811’.

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