Pictures, books and ephemera from the Great Tew estate in Oxfordshire will be offered for sale at Holloway’s in Banbury on July 10.
They include this 18th century English
school oval portrait silhouette of the pioneering manufacturer
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809).
The 5¼ x 4in (13 x 10cm) black gouache over
pencil silhouette on an orange ground is inscribed Boulton of
Soho House - a reference to Boulton's home of 43 years in
The source of the miniature, recently unearthed in one of the
estate buildings, is not surprising: Matthew Boulton's son Matthew
Robinson Boulton (1770-1842) bought Great Tew in 1815, famously
commissioning London cabinetmaker George Bullock (1777-1818) to
furnish the main house.