This stunning little portrait miniature was painted in England during the early 19th century, circa1800 to 1805. The watercolor painting is on card and depicts a female sitter in three quarter view. The sitter is wearing a light blue silk gown, with high muslin fill-in or neck handkerchief. Her hair is cut fashionably short with many, many face framing curls, a hair style called 'a la Titus'. She wears a very decorative matching light blue turban as headwear, a very popular fashion accessory for ladies during the period. The attention to detail is absolutely astonishing; this is the smallest three quarter view portrait we have retailed. The way in which the artist has conveyed the light and shadow on the sitter’s dress and headpiece is incredible. Just look at the tiny curls in her hair and those vivid blue eyes staring confidently at the viewer.
The artist was clearly very talented and painted with a confident hand. We particularly like the finely graded brown background, tirelessly made up of tiny alternating hatched marks with the fine tip of the artist’s brush. The portrait is housed behind its original convex glass in its original papier mache frame; the top brass hanger is also very decorative. The backing board features and old inscription reading ‘Probably Mrs Bowen, Willamina’s children.’
This is a unique opportunity to own such a high quality miniature artwork. This is without a doubt amongst the best miniatures that we have retailed.
Measuring: Frame width 4.75 inch (12 cm) by height 5 1/8 inch (13 cm). Aperture width 2 1/8 inch (5.5 cm) by height 2.5 inch (6.5 cm).
Condition: The tiniest minor flake to paint below the brass aperture at 7 o clock, slight imperfection to paper below the brass aperture at 11 o clock. Both extremely minor but mentioned for complete accuracy.
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Stunning Georgian Portrait Miniature, Lady Blue Dress Turban Circa 1804 English
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