BATEMAN, John, 2nd Viscount (1721-1802). Painted silhouette on card, c 1800, signed by John Field, 69 x 82mm, in a later oak frame, 175 x 190mm. Bearing Field's distinctive signature beneath the truncation, and the sitter's name in very small script in pencil at the top edge. On the reverse, visible through a window cut-out in the rear mount, a contemporary ink inscription reads "Lord Bateman Copd. for Mr Davis". Click on picture for larger image.
The sitter was John Bateman, 2nd Viscount Bateman of Shobdon Court, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. The artist John Field (1772-1848) was one of the most famous and skilled silhouette artists, who in his early years worked as an assistant to John Miers at his studio in the Strand, London. Characteristic of some of his early work, as in this case, are silhouettes painted in umber with fine strokes of sepia to impart detail. (McKechnie)