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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of a Young Gentleman

Portrait miniature of a Young Gentleman

James Scouler (1741-1812)

Portrait miniature of a Young Gentleman

James Scouler (1741-1812)

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Price:

£2,950

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 2 1/4 in (57 mm) high

Inscriptions:

Signed and dated by the artist

His style was patient but imaginative and the present work shows Scouler exploiting the clear, rich quality of the ivory…

James Scouler was born in Edinburgh and was the son of an organ maker and music shopkeeper. Scouler embarked on his initial training at the St Martin’s Lane Academy and in 1755 he was awarded a premium by the The Society of Arts for a drawing. Scouler threw himself into the London art scene, exhibiting at numerous institutions including the Royal Academy between 1780 and 1787. He is also thought to have visited India 1776-80 on the basis of a reverse inscription on a miniature dated 1779, however, there is little other evidence to support this.

Scouler painted crayon and miniature portraits and the majority of his works are of small dimensions and his best examples of precise stipple brushwork are sometimes confused with other great artists of the period, including John Smart (1742/3-1811). His style was patient but imaginative and the present work shows Scouler exploiting the clear, rich quality of the ivory which glimmers through the simple highlights of the sitter’s jacket.

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