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Zoomable Image of A young girl, wearing white dress with frilled border and wide blue sash at her waist, c. 1790

A young girl, wearing white dress with frilled border and wide blue sash at her waist, c. 1790

Andrew Plimer (1763-1837)

A young girl, wearing white dress with frilled border and wide blue sash at her waist, c. 1790

Andrew Plimer (1763-1837)

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Price:

£4,850

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 2 ¼ in (58 mm) high

Provenance:

Private Collection, UK

Frame:

Gold frame, the outer border of pearls, the inner of blue and white enamel, the reverse engraved with vase of flowers within a decorative border

In London, Andrew entered the employment of Richard Cosway as a servant. After receiving lessons from the well-established artist, Plimer set up on his own in 1785 in Maddox Street before moving to Golden Square one year later.

Andrew Plimer was born in Shropshire, his father was a clockmaker and after being expected to enter the same trade, he and his brother Nathaniel reputedly ran away, arriving in London in 1781. In London, Andrew entered the employment of Richard Cosway as a servant. After receiving lessons from the well-established artist, Plimer set up on his own in 1785 in Maddox Street before moving to Golden Square one year later, then a highly fashionable part of the city. Plimer appears to have been somewhat peripatetic; in 1801 he was working throughout Devon and Cornwall, in 1815 he lived in Exeter and in 1835 he moved to Brighton where he died two years later...


This portrait of a young girl demonstrates just how much Plimer had learned from his master, Cosway, in the delicate rendering of the child’s features and in her expression. Plimer worked in a similar technique to Cosway, his portraits painted in washes to build up colour, giving the impression of confident handling combined with an elegant pose.

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