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- Object: Eloquence or the king of epithets
A portrait of James Christie the elder (1730-1803) standing in his auctioneer's rostrum. His head is turned in profile to the left. He smiles insinuatingly, his hands held out, his hammer in his right hand. The word 'eloquence' in the title is engraved at the bottom of the rostrum, and beneath the title is inscribed, "Let me entreat - Ladies - Gentlemen - permit me to put this inestimable piece of elegance under your protection, - only observe;-----------The inexhaustible Munificence of your superlitively [sic] candid Generosity must Harmonise with the refulgent Brilliancy of this little Jewel.! - ! - ". 1 January 1782
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Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 149 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
Cf. a similar portrait of Langford, BMSat 5171.
Reproduced in colour, H. C. Marillier, 'Christies 1766 to 1925', p. 18.
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