Dutch Courage

Abraham Daniel (d.1806)


This gentleman is looking somewhat flushed as if he has taken an extra glass or two with his lunch before sitting for his portrait. Neatly dressed in a brown coat, his powdered curls are loosely tied with ribbon but still have a mind of their own giving him the air of an eccentric professor.

The portrait has been captured by the Jewish artist Abraham Daniel (c.1750-1806) son of Nochaniah Daniel of Bridgewater and brother of fellow artist Joseph and watchmaker Phineas. All three worked in the Bath / Bristol area benefitting from the steady influx of well-to-do visitors drawn by the area’s renowned health-sustaining waters.

The portrait is in fine condition and is set in the original gold frame, the reverse with a blue glass surround and a central panel showing the monogrammed initials RB laid on plaited brown hair.

Item Ref. 6696

Size: framed, 69 x 57mm + hanger

Provenance: Christie's, June 1968 ; June 1999