Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823

Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823
This stunning portrait miniature was produced in England during the early 19th century, in the year 1823. The painting is of an excellent quality and depicts a young handsome gentleman in profile view. We see the gentleman wearing a wonderful navy blue frock coat with a high collar, traditional dress for a wealthy gentleman during the Georgian era. The painting is on card and is housed behind its original convex glass in its original papier mache frame. The frame also features the impressed crown stamp for William Hill and Co, Birmingham. William Hill was one of the best makers of paper mache frames for miniatures and small pictures during the early 19th century. The company flourished between 1812 to 1835. Hill made the papier mache frames used in John Miers’ studio during the Regency era.

The painting is complete with its original backing paper to which we find the sitter listed as ‘George. T. Cranstoun, 1823, aged 22.’ The frame had never been opened, since the glass was in serious need of a clean, so much so that we felt it detrimental not to open the back and clean the glass.

Measuring: Frame width 4.75 inch (12 cm) by height 5.75 inch (14.5 cm). Aperture width 2.5 inch (6.5 cm) by height 3 1/8 inch (8 cm).

Condition: Good clean condition.

George Cranstoun Trotter-Cranstoun History

George Cranstoun Trotter-Cranstoun was born in Scotland in 1801 and died on the 20th of April 1885 in Scotland. He is buried at the Heriot Cemetery in the Scottish Borders.
George’s father was called Young Trotter (b 1768 – d 1841) and his mother was called Jane Trotter, née Cranstoun. George’s Father, Young, was the founder of the large Scottish paper making business called ‘Y. Trotter & Son’ which initially operated out of the Broomhouse Paper Mill and later out of Chirnside Bridge Paper Mill which are located adjacent to each other in the village of Chirnsidebridge Berwickshire, Scotland. Interestingly there was formerly an internal railway in the mill, along with mainline railways. The imposing mills and the adjacent family home are all still in use. The buildings were clearly built to last!
George Cranstoun Trotter-Cranstoun followed in his father’s footsteps and was the owner/manager of the family’s mills. In the 1851 census George is living with his mother in the family home located next to the mill, in the census is states that he is employing some 112 labourers. The census tells us that Ann Hay Trotter Pitcairn, George’s sister was a visitor at the house that day.
George never married and did not have any children. What is particularly satisfying about the portrait miniature is that a later photograph of George has been uploaded to a genealogy website, the likeness is uncanny!
The Trotters are a wealthy and important Scottish family, with descendants commanding roles in the church, army and industry. For example George’s uncle was William Trotter (b 1772 –d 1833) who was a Scottish cabinet-maker that served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1825 to 1827. He was a highly respected maker of Regency furniture and has been called Scotland's greatest cabinet-maker due to his distinctive and recognisable style.

This is an absolutely fascinating portrait miniature which was clearly painted by an accomplished artist. The painting was purchased as one of a pair, each by the same artist and each sold separately.


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ITEM ID
TA13365
AGE
19th Century
THEME
Eclectic, English Country, Glam Decor, Historical, Industrial Chic, Traditional
MEDIA
Watercolor
ORIGIN
England • English
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Fabulous 19th Century Portrait Miniature Handsome Georgian Gentleman George Trotter- Cranstoun Scottish Mill Owner, 1823

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