A beautiful portrait of a young lady, possibly the artist’s wife
A beautiful portrait of a young lady, possibly the artist’s wife

GERVASE SPENCER (died 1763)

A beautiful portrait of a young lady, possibly the artist’s wife

1749 United Kingdom

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A beautiful portrait of a young lady, possibly the artist’s wife, wearing black lace dress with white ruff, white puff sleeves and black hat decorated with white plume, landscape and sky background
set in oval toothpick box with bright-cut gold mount, the inside with blue velvet and replaced mirror

The dress worn by the sitter is reminiscent of that worn by Rubens’s second wife Helena Fourment (1614–1673). It is possible that the sitter in the miniature could be Spencer’s wife. The date of his marriage and the name of his wife are not known, but Spencer was survived by a daughter.

Gervase Spencer was originally a gentleman's servant who taught himself miniature painting in watercolour on ivory. It is however unclear how he learned the more complicated process of enamelling.
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Dimensions
Height 47.00 mm (1.85 inches)
Stock Code
2606
Medium
watercolour on ivory
Signed/Inscribed
Signed with initials and dated 1749 on the obverse
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