Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Adam Buck
Alexander Brand (1756-1839),
London Jeweler of the Late Georgian Era,
Painted at the Age of 43
(identified by a detailed engraving along the edges of the pendant frame)
by Adam Buck (1759-1833)
1 13/16 x 2 1/4 inches (sight)
watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame
(Signature above is a copy of Alexander Brand's original signature
as appeared on a "marriage bond" he executed on March 25, 1782,
prior to his marriage to Ann Rallans on March 31, 1782*)
About the Artist: Born in Cork, Ireland, Adam Buck was the older brother of equally prominent, but less proficient Frederick Buck. He relocated to London in 1795, where he exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts from that year (1795) until his death in 1833. Also exhibited at the British Institution (Suffolk Street) and the New Water-Colour Society. He is most known for his miniature portraits in watercolor on ivory, but he also produced a large number of neoclassical and figure drawings on paper. Known to have works in collections of the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery of Ireland and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Listed by Benezit, Blättel (pages 188, 189), Foskett (page 501) and Schidlof (page 116).
* Surrey Marriage Bonds and Allegations; London Metropolitan Archives, London, England; March 25, 1782; parish: St. Martin in the Fields; county: Middlesex; reference number MS10091E/95.