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    Monday, March 28th, 2022
    Robert Fagan – Emma Hamilton as a Bacchante. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This portrait of Lady Hamilton by the Irish artist Robert Fagan (1761-1816) comes up at Sotheby’s online sale of Old Master Paintings which runs from March 31-April 6. Estimated at 20,000-30,000 GBP it is from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit. Robert Fagan was born to an Irish family, from Cork, in around 1761. He grew up in Covent Garden and eventually settled in Rome and became a close acquaintance of Sir William Hamilton, British Ambassador to Naples. He had married Emma in London in 1791. She is best known as the mistress of Lord Nelson


    Monday, July 26th, 2021

    The artist Robert Fagan (1761-1816) is described by Strachan Fine Art as one of the outstanding, unconventional Irish talents who feature in the history of 18th century British art.  The London based portrait specialists will bring this unfinished portrait of the artist’s daughter Esther Maria Fagan (1792-1859) held by her nurse in an Italian landscape to the Cotswold Art and Antique Dealers Association fair at Compton Verney in Warwickshire from October 14-17.  Robert Fagan’s parents came to London from Cork and his father established a successful bakery business at Long Acre.  By 1781 he had settled in Rome where he painted portraits in the neoclassical style of English visitors.  In 1807 he moved to Sicily and was eventually appointed Consul General for Sicily and Malta. His daughter, known as Estina, married William Baker and after his death married Francis Acton, nephew of Sir John Acton, Prime Minister of Naples.