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Zoomable Image of A portrait miniature of a young Girl, wearing white dress, circa 1800

A portrait miniature of a young Girl, wearing white dress, circa 1800

Abraham Daniel (d.1806)

A portrait miniature of a young Girl, wearing white dress, circa 1800

Abraham Daniel (d.1806)

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Price:

£6,500

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 3 in (76 mm) high

Provenance:

Mrs James Cromwell, her sale Christie’s London, 13 December 1983, lot 158; Important Miniatures from a Private Collection, Sotheby’s, London, 16 April 2008, lot 68

Frame:

Rectangular ormolu frame with ribbon surmount

The Jewish miniaturist Abraham worked, along with his two brothers Joseph and Phineas, in Bath, where they also worked as jewellers and engravers. It is thought that they were taught by their mother...

This portrait of a child is so exceptional in Daniel’s oeuvre, both in terms of size and quality, that it is tempting to think that the portrait must represent the artist’s own child. The lack of bonnet, or indeed any other accessories, concentrates the viewer on the direct gaze of the child. The portrait is distinctly unsentimental but also intimate in the concentration solely on the child’s face and expression.

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The Jewish miniaturist Abraham worked, along with his two brothers Joseph and Phineas, in Bath, where they also worked as jewellers and engravers. It is thought that they were taught by their mother – newspaper advertisements of the period record a less-than-friendly rivalry between the brothers. Bath was an excellent city in which to capture the wealthy visitor, there to take the health-giving Bath waters and socialise. Miniaturists often hired rooms for ‘the season’, ideally situating themselves above shops selling jewellery or trinkets.


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