Lot 478: Tassie (James, 1735-1799). Two portrait busts of Mrs. Anthony Stewart and William Murray, Earl of Mansfield, together two wax portraits, both profile facing right, impressed on the truncation respectively 'Mrs. Anth. Stewart Edin. 1795, Tassie F.', and 'Uni Aequus Virtuti Edin. 1770', each mounted on red velvet, 12 x 9cm (4.75 x 3.5ins), framed and glazed. William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1705-1793), became Attorney General in 1754, and shortly afterwards, Lord Chief Justice. He is perhaps best known for his judgement in Somersett's Case (1772), where he held that slavery had no basis in common law. (2)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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