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  • #18730
    Paul Martinovich
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    I am completing a biography of Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm (1768-1838) and looking for any sources of information about him and his career that I may have missed. While I have seen his personal letters in the National Library of Scotland, and the relevant logs and documents in the National Archives and National Maritime Museum, I suspect there may be more information out there somewhere. I would appreciate any snippets of information that members of the forum may have come across, as well as any suggestions for possible sources of letters or other documents.

    Thank you

    Paul Martinovich

    #18798
    Cy Harrison
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    There is an entry for him on Three Decks at https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_crewman&id=2164

    It includes his entry from Marshall’s ‘Royal Navy Biography’

    #22006
    maggie k
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    Dear Mr. Martinovich,

    I had a difficult time locating a contact for you, but was interested in your recent publication on Sir Pulteney Malcolm. During your research into archives and Malcolm’s letters, did you ever come across mention of the artist John Smart? Your book is not yet available in libraries to lend or loan, or else I would check there first. John Smart completed multiple paintings and drawings of Malcolm, including the one in the collection I am currently researching at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I would love to find a firsthand account of his sittings or any mention of pictures. Let me know if anything comes to mind, thank you so much.

    Maggie Keenan

    #22029
    Paul Martinovich
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    Hi Maggie,

    I reproduced John Smart’s very fine 1809 miniature of Malcolm from the Nelson-Atkins collection in my book (with permission of course). I am aware that there are other versions/copies around, including a pencil and wash version at the Huntington Gallery in California. Unfortunately I have not found any reference to the artist or to the sittings that produced this work in Malcolm’s surviving letters. I suspect (though I have absolutely no proof) that the 1809 miniature was one of a pair of Malcolm and his wife Clementina (née Elphinstone), commissioned on the event of their marriage in January 1809. I would guess that the sittings must have occurred between February 1809, when Malcolm returned to London from his honeymoon in Portsmouth, and April 1809, when he rejoined his ship off the French coast. Clementina’s supposed miniature has not turned up, but it may be out here somewhere! I would be interested to hear if you were to dig up anything about Smart’s interaction with Malcolm (or indeed other members of his family).

    Good luck in your research

    Paul Martinovich

    #22067
    maggie k
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    My apologies for the delay.

    I had a suspicion that it may be a wedding portrait; your narrowing down of dates is extremely helpful. I hope the portrait of Clementina surfaces, as well! I will obtain a copy of your book as soon as possible, and will definitely cite it in my research. Thank you for your help,

    Maggie

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