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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, wearing white dress with frilled neckline and blue sash and gold hoop earrings

Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, wearing white dress with frilled neckline and blue sash and gold hoop earrings

George Engleheart (1750-1829)

Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, wearing white dress with frilled neckline and blue sash and gold hoop earrings

George Engleheart (1750-1829)

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Price:

£8,500

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 1 3/4 in (45 mm) high

Provenance:

British Private Collection

Inscriptions:

signed with cursive ‘E’

Frame:

Later gilded metal frame.

The present miniature is quite unusual in that it avoids the over-prettified appearance of many portraits of children produced at this period, instead presenting her more in the guise of a young, confident lady.

George Engleheart is considered to be one of the most distinguished miniaturists of the late Georgian period alongside Cosway, Smart and Humphry and was one of the most prolific miniaturists ever known.

Born in Kew, the son of a German plaster modeler, he studied at the Royal Academy Schools under Reynolds and the landscape painter George Barret. Engleheart’s skill and industry as a miniaturist appealed to George III and in 1789 he was appointed Miniature Painter to the King. He painted at least twenty-five portraits of the King and many others of the royal family. He spent most of his career working in London where he built up an excellent reputation.

The present miniature is quite unusual in that it avoids the over-prettified appearance of many portraits of children produced at this period, instead presenting her more in the guise of a young, confident lady.

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