GATAKER / SWALE of Mildenhall. Five silhouettes, 3 by Miers SOLD


GATAKER / SWALE of Mildenhall. Five silhouettes, 3 by Miers SOLD

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SILHOUETTES BY JOHN MIERS

GATAKER / SWALE family of Mildenhall. A collection of five silhouette portraits of the Gataker family, comprising likenesses of four brothers and their grandmother as follows:-

1. Charles Gataker. A fine painted silhouette of a young man on plaster, mounted in a papier-mâché frame (122 x 140mm) with oval brass bordered window, the underside of the convex glass dusty. Pasted onto the reverse is the trade label of Miers, Profile-Painter & Jeweller, on which is inscribed in ink:  Charles Gataker ae: 20  ob: July 6th 1802 at Cape Francari St Domingo on his passage to Jamaica. Aet: 23. [in another hand] Born 1799 and at the foot: E.M.G from her very affectionate Papa. Mildenhall May 1840

2. Thomas John Gataker. A fine painted silhouette of a young man on plaster, mounted in a papier-mâché frame (112 x 130mm) with oval brass bordered window. The plaster has a diagonal crack which passes through the upper shoulder area of the subject. Pasted onto the reverse is the trade label of Miers, Profile-Painter & Jeweller, on which is inscribed in ink:  Thos. John Gataker ae:20 died at Seringapatam Dec 28th 1807 ae 24 and at the foot: Born 1783 in -------. E.M.G from her very affectionate Papa. Mildenhall May 1840

3. Edward Gataker. A fine painted silhouette of a young man on plaster, mounted in a papier-mâché frame (112 x 130mm) with oval brass bordered window, the underside of the convex glass dusty. Pasted onto the reverse is the trade label of Miers, Profile-Painter & Jeweller, on which is inscribed in ink: Ed. Gataker – June 8th 1804 sailed from Portsmouth July ye 6th for Bengal. Died in the Fort of Agra Octr 4th 1805 aged 19 [in another hand] Born 1784 Aged 17 years, and at the foot E.M.G. from her very affectionate Papa. Mildenhall May 1840.

4. George Gataker. A painted silhouette of a gentleman with gold highlights, on card (slightly browned and spotted, and the reverse initialled G.G. in pencil), mounted in a papier-mâché frame (132 x 157mm) with an oblong brass bordered window. Pasted onto the reverse is a piece of thin card on which is inscribed in ink some unreadable lines ending [?]Elizabeth 1825, followed by a much later inscription reading George Gataker Born 30 March 1792. Died April 1872.

5. [Elizabeth Swale]. A hollow cut silhouette of a lady on card, mounted in a papier-mâché frame (120 x 140mm) with oval brass bordered window, and brass acorn suspender. On the reverse is an ink inscription reading ‘Mrs John Swale née Palmer’.

The collection comes with copies of genealogical information on the Gataker and Swale families.

The four brothers Charles Gataker (1779-1802), Thomas John Gataker (1783-1807), Edward Gataker (1784-1805) and George Gataker (1792-1872) were the children of Thomas Gataker (1749-1841) of Mildenhall, Suffolk, and Mary Swale (d.1839), daughter of John Swale (d.1821) and Elizabeth Palmer (1750-1818). Their grandfather, Thomas Gataker of Mildenhall (d.1768) was surgeon to king George III.

Within a period of 5 years the three younger brothers all died on active service abroad -  John in 1802 off Cape Francari, Santo Domingo on his passage to Jamaica; Edward in 1805 at the Fort of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India; and Thomas in 1807 at Seringapatam, near Mysore, India. The youngest son George survived, marrying firstly in 1825 Elizabeth Harrison Wilkinson, by whom he had a daughter Elizabeth Mary Gataker (“E.M.G.” on the silhouette labels). His first wife died in 1827, and he married secondly in 1829 Sophia Sarah Partridge (d.1861) who bore him five children.

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