Gold Locket and Portrait by Emily M.Merrick
Gold Locket dated 1881 15.5gms without frames and photo 19.9 grams
with the gold/silver frames and glazed photo (very thin glass
about 0.5mm). The glass over the photo is cracked.The letter
"B" is scratched into the left hand side underneath the
photo. I could not find a hallmark on the locket, but on the
inside of heavy oval ring there are two cast marks one seems to be
"1881" and the other is "18c". Size is 40mm
high, 34mm wide and approx 6mm thick
content15.5gms x 18/24 = 11.63grams x A$45.63/gm = A$526
(Gold price A$1407/oz)
the front of the locket is engraved "PRESENTED TO Capt M.de
Horne BY HIS OFFICERS " SS MALWA" Sept 1
the back is engraved " SPECK, Bishop, Crawford, GREIVE,
Jesson, Williams, GREY
There is also a painting of Capt. de Horne. The
painting measures 200mm x 240mm without the frame. It is signed
E.M.Merrick (Emily M.Merrick b 1842 - 1921) - a well known artist
time. She exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1864 (see page 59
English Art in 1884). She wrote a book "With
a Palette in Eastern Palaces". published: 1899. Publisher: S.
Low, Marston ( reprinted recently). She painted the Maharani of Rewa.
She is mentioned in the Brisbane Courier 4th February 1895
page 7 "Miss E.
M. Merrick, a young artist, who is engaged
in painting the portraits of zenana women
in India, says her sitters show a strong disinclination
to being painted in their beautiful and
becoming nativo costumes, and prefer a wretched
travesty of European fashions."
5537 H.M.Stanley Collection “Lady
artists. Miss E. M. Merrick”, The Lady’s Pictorial, 05-07-1890
Miss E. M. Merrick is a London artist, and
portraits are her specialty ; but she has made
some creditable excursions into the field of genre painting, in
the illustrative or narrative
English style. While still a student at the Royal Academy, Miss
Merrick made a trip to
Egypt; and there, though mainly on pleasure bent, she found time
to secure and begin sev-
eral commissions, notably portraits of the Khedivia and of Mr.
Henry Morton Stanley. These successes turned Miss Merrick's
thoughts to the Orient as a promising field of operations ; and a
professional foray into India followed.
The memories of these expeditions are now printed in a pretty
little volume entitled "With
a Palette in Eastern Palaces," which has a certain special
descriptive value owing to the fact that its author, in her
capacity of portrait- painter, was often permitted to penetrate
places that are closed to most tourists indeed, to all masculine
The book presents many lively pictures of East Indian society and
manners, native and exotic ; and it is written with true feminine
vivacity. It contains some interesting reproductions of portraits
painted in the East by the author ; but quite the most attractive
thing in it is the frontispiece portrait of Miss Merrick herself.
While in Egypt, Miss Merrick met some American tourists.
" I remember one remarking to me when I was feeling rather
seedy at Assouan, ' Wai, you do look like a worm. Guess Egypt
don't suit you. You'll go home in a box likely.' American
expressions sound very funny to our ears."
We should think so. American readers will regret that Miss Merrick
fails to say what
section of this country the expressions quoted are native to.
The Dial July 1900
Portrait of Captain M.de Horne by E.M.Merrick
At a Bonhams auction
on 30th November 2010 her painting "A French Lesson" was
estimated to sell for between £400 and £600 = A$625 and A$938. http://www.bonhams.com/eur/auction/17921/lot/169/
At Christies Her portrait of Margery Merrick sold for $15000 see
URL on 5th September 2002
Price for both