This very skilled, early Victorian portrait miniature was produced in England during the 19th century, circa 1840. The portrait is of an excellent quality, clearly painted by a very accomplished and experienced artist who was commissioned by this young Victorian entrepreneur. Portrait miniatures in three quarter view are desirable and less common than those in profile.
The entrepreneur sitter is John Webster Issitt, born in 1803, died 1867 living in Woodbridge, Suffolk (his name often spelled incorrectly at times as Issett). John had a wife Sophia and a daughter Sophia Mary. John was a successful Victorian businessman with many interests both home and overseas. In the 1865 Post Office Trade Directory he is listed as followers" Issitt John Webster, wholesale, retail & export hardwareman, silversmith, jeweller, cutler, haberdasher, stationer & general furnishing ironmonger, dealer in gold, silver & electro-plated goods & electro plater, rag, hair, bone & metal merchant, New Zealand, Australian & African export factor, emigration & passenger agent, also agent to County Fire & Provident Life Insurance Companies".
In this portrait the artist has conveyed a confident businessman with brushed forward hair and luxuriant bushy side whiskers. He wears a high collar and black stock cravat. We can see individual buttons on his shirt and a fancy gold mourning tie pin filled with hair.
The painting is on paper or card and housed behind old glass in its original ebonised fruitwood frame. The inscription verso reads ‘Mr Issett, Ironmonger, Woodbridge.’ This is a wonderfully original painting that will display excellently. Please see our collection of 19th century portrait miniatures and silhouettes listed separately in our store. A collection of antique portraits make an excellent feature on a gallery wall.
Measuring: Frame width 5 1/8 inch (13 cm) by height 5.75 inch (14.5 cm). Aperture width 2 5/8 inch (7 cm) by height 3.25 inch (8 cm). Images 2 on wards taken in natural English daylight.
Condition: Minor surface wear to frame commensurate with age.
The Letters of Edward Fitzgerald, Volume 1: 1830-1850, Page 485.
History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk, and the Towns Near Its Borders, 1844 by William White, Page 213.
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19th Century Portrait Miniature Watercolor John Issitt Circa 1840 Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
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