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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, wearing white bonnet trimmed with a bow and lace and white dress

Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, wearing white bonnet trimmed with a bow and lace and white dress

Attributed to Henry Jacob Burch (1763-1844)

Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, wearing white bonnet trimmed with a bow and lace and white dress

Attributed to Henry Jacob Burch (1763-1844)

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Price:

£3,200

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 2 1/8 in (55 mm) high

Provenance:

English Private collection

Burch’s portraits of children were particularly successful, charming and innocent as well as carefully observed

Burch exhibited at the Royal Academy having entered the schools aged sixteen. He never became a Royal Academician like his father but was a highly successful miniaturist, competing with the best names of his day including William Wood and Richard Cosway.

Burch’s portraits of children were particularly successful, charming and innocent as well as carefully observed. The idea of portraying children as individuals in paintings (as opposed to in family groups) was still relatively new in the late eighteenth century (when this miniature was painted). The mortality rate for children under the age of five was still alarmingly high and the notion of painting them was often considered a potentially wasteful extravagance.

Portrait miniatures by Burch can be found in many public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (New York).

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