18th Century portrait miniature of John Dodd (1717-1782) painted in enamel

Artist/Maker JEAN ANDRE ROUQUET (1701-1758)
Dimensions 4.30cm high   
Description John Dodd 1717-1782), wearing Royal blue coat with gold embroidered button-holes and crimson lining, white cravat and short powdered wig

Set in a gilt-metal frame with engraved decoration and pierced spiral cresting, inscribed on reverse John Dodd Esq/ of Swallowfield/ in Berkshire/ 1739/ by Rochetti H + W; sold together with an Indenture pertaining to John Dodd dated 1756.

John Dodd (1717-1782) studied at King's College Cambridge. After the death of his mother Dame Isabella Dodd, he bought the thirteenth century manor, Swallowfield in Berkshire from William Pitt, Lord Chatham, whose father had purchased the house with the proceeds from the sale of the world's largest diamond to King Louis XV of France.

Dodd had been dealing with the manor in 1763 and 1767. He frequently entertained his friends such as Dr. Thirlby, Whaley, Lord Granby and Horace Walpole at Swallowfield. He was Lieut.-Colonel of the Berkshire Militia and was tried by court martial in 1762 on the complaint of William Mackworth Praed for unsoldierlike behaviour, but was acquitted with honour. He also held the position of M.P. for Reading.

He married firstly Jane, the daughter of Henry Le Coq St. Leger of Shinfield, Berkshire, with whom he had 3 sons and a daughter and secondly Juliana, the daughter of Philip Jennings of Duddleston Hall, Shropshire, with whom he had a further son and 3 daughters. He died at Swallowfield on 9 February 1782
Signed signed on obverse with initial R
Medium enamel on copper
Condition Good
Ref No. 5150
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