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Zoomable Image of A pair of portrait miniatures of a Gentleman and a Lady, c.1774

A pair of portrait miniatures of a Gentleman and a Lady, c.1774

Wilhelm Andreas Müller (1733-1816)

A pair of portrait miniatures of a Gentleman and a Lady, c.1774

Wilhelm Andreas Müller (1733-1816)

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Price:

£3,250

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Ovals, 3 1/8 in (81 mm) high

Provenance:

D. S. Lavender, London, where described as King Christian VII and Queen Caroline Mathilde of Denmark; Property of a European Gentleman.

Frame:

Gilt-metal frames with wavy reeded surrounds

During this period, Müller was occupied painting members at the Danish court and the sitters would almost certainly have been courtiers...

Wilhelm Andreas Müller was born in Brunswig, Denmark, and trained under his uncle L.W.Busch before joining the Academy of Copenhagen in 1757. In 1765 Müller was appointed official painter to the King of Denmark and his talent can be seen in his fine miniature of Juliane Marie, Queen of Denmark in the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum, Berlin.

When the present pair of portrait miniatures were painted, Müller would have been busy painting the various members at the court of the King and Queen and the sitters, although at present unknown, would almost certainly have been courtiers. With reference to the lady, a very similar portrait of Elisabeth Charlotte Jacobi (d.1789), Appeal Lady to Queen Juliane Marie, was painted in 1774 and one notices the exactness of composition seen especially in the position of the ladies arm resting on the table. On a separate note, it is perhaps pertinent to note the style of frame seen around the Jacobi portrait miniature is the same on the present works, which leads to the suggestion of them being the original settings.

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