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A Gentleman, wearing black coat with white stock and ruffled white chemise, his hair curled and powdered. 

Sampson Towgood Roch(e) 1759-1847

A Gentleman, wearing black coat with white stock and ruffled white chemise, his hair curled and powdered., Sampson Towgood Roch(e)
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Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 60mm (2 3/8in) high
 
Provenance:
English Private Collection.
Sampson Towgood Roch(e) was a deaf artist, born in County Cork. He was probably self taught but by the late 1770s had established himself as one of Dublinís leading miniaturists. He later moved his professional practice to London and later to Bath. Along with other deaf miniaturists (he was one of three working in Bath during the early 1800s) his disability was almost a selling point, although he turned down a knighthood apparently on account of this issue.

Although unsigned the present portrait has all the characteristics of Roch, even including the trace of a smile, unusual in most images but prevalent in the majority of his works.
Philip Mould Ltd, 18-19 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU.Copyright Philip Mould Ltd.