This wonderful portrait miniature was produced in England during the early 19th century, circa 1815. The portrait is by the well known early 19th century miniature portraitist J. H. Gillespie. The sitter of this painting is a young Thomas Wade-Gery (b 1801 – d 1828). He was educated at Emmanuelle College, Cambridge and joined the university in 1820. We are fortunate to have acquired a collection of the Wade-Gery boys, please see each of Thomas's two other brothers that are retailed individually.
Thomas Wade-Gery was the son of the Reverend Hugh Wade (b 1761 – d 1823). The Reverend Hugh Wade upon marriage to his wife, Hester Gery in 1792, legally took on the additional surname of ‘Gery’ along with the coat arms. The Gery’s were an important and wealthy Bedfordshire family who owned Bushmead Priory.
The portrait miniature is by the sought after artist J. H. Gillespie (fl 1810 – 1830). Gillespie worked in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool, leaving in 1820 for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Profile paintings by Gillespie are highly sought after by collectors. The portrait is on card and it is housed in its original papier mache frame behind original convex glass.
There is a faint original pencil inscription to the base of the back of the frame reading ‘Thom’s’.
Measuring: Frame width 4.25 inch (11 cm) by height 5 3/8 inch (13.5 cm). Aperture width 2.25 inch (5.7 cm) by height 2 7/8 inch (7 cm).
Condition: The original trade label is not present as is so common with portraits miniatures but after retailing Gillespie's portraits for many years, this is unmistakably by his hand. Some very minor nibbles to the all original frame.
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Early 19th Century J H Gillespie Portrait Miniature of Thomas Wade-Gery, English Regency Circa 1815
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