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Portrait miniature of Henry Godfrey Faussett (1749-1825) 

N. J. T. Freese (fl.1794-1814)

Portrait miniature of Henry Godfrey Faussett (1749-1825), N. J. T. Freese
Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 2 6/8 in (6.7cm) high
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Freese is an artist who, despite his evident capabilities as a portrait miniature painter, remains somewhat of an enigma.

Freese exhibited at the Royal Academy 1794-1814 where he is listed simply as a ‘painter’, suggesting that he did not work exclusively in the miniature medium. He appears to have exhibited landscapes too, including views of Warwickshire as well as subjects taken from mythological narrative such as ‘Salmacis and Hermaphroditus’ from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He also exhibited a self-portrait in 1802 [whereabouts unknown], as well as a portrait of ‘Mrs Freese’, presumably his wife, in 1813. There is a fine portrait of a young man by Freese in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [PD.208-1961].

Henry Godfrey Faussett was the eldest son of Brian Faussett and Elizabeth Curtois and on the death of his mother in 1787 inherited the family seat at Heppington, Kent. The manor house, now demolished, previously stood at the south-west boundary of Heppington parish and it’s history could be traced back to the times of King Henry II (1133-1189). Faussett married firstly Susan Sandys with whom he had three sons and five daughters, and, following Susan’s death in 1789, married secondly Sarah Nott, daughter of Fettiplace Nott of Marston Hall, Warwickshire.
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