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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing white dress with frilled collar and blue ribbon waistband, a white bandeau in her powdered hair

Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing white dress with frilled collar and blue ribbon waistband, a white bandeau in her powdered hair

Nicholas Freese (fl.1794-c.1830)

Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing white dress with frilled collar and blue ribbon waistband, a white bandeau in her powdered hair

Nicholas Freese (fl.1794-c.1830)

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Price:

£4,500

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 2 5/8 in (68 mm) high

Provenance:

Private Collection, UK.

Frame:

Gold frame, the reverse with seed pearl monogram GB on blue glass panel, flanked with locks of curled brown hair held with further pearls and gold wire, the reverse with replica of trade label for Freese (original on reverse).

Information regarding the life of Nicholas Freese has only recently come to light…

Information regarding the life of Nicholas Freese has only recently come to light and previously not even his Christian name was known with any certainty. Freese exhibited at the Royal Academy 1794-1814 where he is listed simply as a ‘painter’, suggesting that he didn’t work exclusively in the miniature medium. He appears to have exhibited landscapes too, including views of Warwickshire as well as subjects taken from mythological narrative such as ‘Salmacis and Hermaphroditus’ from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He also exhibited a self-portrait in 1802 [whereabouts unknown], as well as a portrait of ‘Mrs Freese’, presumably his wife, in 1813. There is a fine portrait of a young man by Freese in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [PD.208-1961].

The subject of this work is at present unknown, although her initials ‘GB’ are elaborately displayed on the reverse.

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