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Jens Juel: 'Joseph Greenway'

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Born in Devon, the sitter amassed a fortune as captain of a Danish East Indiaman and acquired Danish citizenship in 1785. He was Sheriff of Exeter from 1802 to 1803 and Mayor from 1804 to 1805. In 1821 however, he is recorded as bankrupt and dead.

The background of the painting is said to represent an estate north of Copenhagen which belonged to a friend of the sitter.

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