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# 42151

John Smart the Younger "Important portrait of Betty Patterson, first wife of Jerome Bonaparte", 1808

Price: 10000  EUR

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Offered here is an extremely rare (and one of the earliest) lifetime portrait of then twenty three year old Elisabeth (Betsy) Patterson (1785-1879) - first wife of the youngest brother of Napoleon I, Jérôme Bonaparte (CLICK HERE). It was executed in 1808, in London - the city, in which Betsy three years prior to that (1805) gave birth to Jérôme's son. The boy was named Jérôme Napoleon Bonaparte. Clearly, somewhat after the portrait was painted, Betsy and her son moved to her native Baltimore (USA) and took residence in Betsy father's home.
The exact date of Betsy's return to the US remains unknown. Some sources suggest that Betsy returned to Baltimore five months after the birth of her son; another implies that the mother and child spent several years in England and only then moved to the US (during Jérôme Napoleon's "boyhood"). As the portrait, which is presented here, was executed in London in 1808 (!), one can freely insist that their arrival took place in the same year at the earliest (!).
For Betsy's biography and other portraits of her, see our images nr.8-11).

This miniature bears on verso the following handwritten text: "Wife of Jerome Bonaparte /(Napoleon's brother) /Great-Great aunt to /Dorothy Geraldine Williams (nee Slack)".
Our brief Web research revealed the connection between Mme Williams and Betsy Patterson.
It turns out that Williams was the maiden name of Betsy's daughter-in-law, Susan May Williams (1812-1881; CLICK HERE). We are certain that, after the death of Susan May's husband, Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte (1805-1870; CLICK HERE), the miniature remained in her possession. Similarly, after the death of Susan May, the miniature was inherited by the Williams family.
We would like to add that we also own two other portraits of Betsy's husband - Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte; see our web #35816 and #39595).

The miniature is clearly monogrammed and dated "J.S.J. /1808"; it is a very important work of well-known London miniaturist and son of famous John Smart - John Smart the Younger (or John Smart Junior; 1776-1809; for his extensive biography and several other examples of his work, see our images nr.12-15). Soon after making this portrait, Smart moved to India. It is known that he died in Madras, four months after his arrival (on the 1st or 2nd of June 1809).

Provenance:
1) Williams family
2) Private collection, USA

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Condition: fairly good, in original frame

Creation Year: 1808

Measurements:UNFRAMED:10,4x8,6cm/4,1x3,4in FRAMED: 18,5x15,0cm/7,3x5,9in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: pencil and white heightening on paper (oval)

Inscription:monogrammed and datead: "J.S.J /1808"; verso: old legend

Creator: John Smart the Younger

Creator Dates: 1776 London-1809 Madras, India

Nationality:English / British

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