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Joseph Blackburn (1700 - 1765)

Lot 6: JOSEPH B BLACKBURN~~ [1700-1763]

Christie's

May 23, 1990
New York, NY, US

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Captain and Mrs John Pigott [nee Fanny Jones]: A pair of portraits the first, signed I. Blackburn Pinx, l.r.-both, oil on canvas both, 50 x 40 in. [127 x 101.5 cm.] PROVENANCE Mrs. Ormand T. Middleton, Hamilton, Bermuda Miss Mary Middleton, Hamilton, Bermuda, her daughter Lloyd Peniston Jones, Paget, Bermuda Francis Jones, Colorado Springs LITERATURE C.H. Collins Baker, "Notes on Joseph Blackburn and Nathaniel Dance," The Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. IX no. 1. November. 1945, p. 38; 40. L.P. Jones, Notes on the Jones of Bermuda, Paget, Bermuda, 1947, p. 17; 33, illus. J.H. Morgan and H.W. Foote, "An Extension of Lawrence Parke's Descriptive List of the Work of Joseph Blackburn." The American Antiquarian Proceeding, vol. XLVI, Part I, April 16, 1936 [reprinted Worcester, Massachusetts, American Antiquarian Society, 1937], Captain Pigott: pp, 19 26, 35-36m no. 102; Mrs Pigott: pp 26, 37-38 no 104 The Odd Picture Distinctive and Yet Not necessarily Predictable Efforts by Recognized Masters, All Modern in Their Several Ways, New York, Nov. 1984, p. 5; 33;34 no. 1, illus. Fanny Jones [b.1729], a fourth generation of Colonel Francis Jones, was the seventh of eight daughters of General Francis Jones [1698-1776] and Elizabeth Darrell [d.1747]. In 1745, she married Captain John Pigott, a son of John Pigott of London, who had come to Bermuda in 1743 to accept Governor Alured Popple's offer of a house-lot grant. Captain Pigott was customs collector for several years and in 1746 was elected to the House of Assembly; upon his return to England in 1762, he was appointed agent for the Bermuda Government. Fanny Jones died in England. A replica of the portrait of Captain Pigott, with some minor variations, is owned by Mrs. Edmond C. Gosling, of "Paget Hall." Paget, Bermuda.

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