I’ve had this painting for many years in my collection and had to think twice to decide if I could even part with it (personal reasons). I have it displayed with other miniatures on a cabinet that also has miniature paintings on the wooden doors but I always just walk past the desk and never really look at it anymore, so, here it is in my shop.
This miniature is from the Georgian era in a high carat gold (if I recall correctly, about 18) frame. It is unsigned by was attributed to John Smart verbally. I say, possibly, because the hand looks like it but I am unable to guarantee that and I could never find a signature on it. Certainly is it a wonderful painting of a young, handsome guy in the fashion of the day. The reverse has an old fabric with a little painting of a rose and a swatch of hair, typical of era of sentimental paintings.
There is a little bit of dust or other inside if viewed closely, however, everything is original and it is in good antique condition with nice, bright coloring, without breaks although I think there might be a little warping which is very typical for paintings of this type and age. Please see the photos for approximate measurements and details. I believe it is English in origin and circa late 1700s.