A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey
A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey
A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey
A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey
A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey
A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey

EDWARD MILES (1752-1828)

A fine pair of miniature portraits of Mr and Mrs. Harvey

c. 1770 United Kingdom

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She wears a salmon pink dress trimmed with ermine; he a brown coat and vivid blue waistcoat trimmed with brown braid
Set in the original gold bracelet slide frames (the reverse with paper inscription revealing the sitter's name).

Not a great deal is known about his early childhood and family background, but it has been established that Miles's first job was that of an errand boy for a local surgeon. The doctor took the boy under his wing, and noticed that he had a gift for drawing. He encouraged the boy, and Miles continued to learn and practice his art.

Miles moved to London in 1771, and through connections made by the surgeon he became acquainted with Sir William Beechy, who painted Miles' portrait. Through Beechy he was introduced to Sir Joshua Reynolds, who saw promise in the young Miles. He hired the young, enthusiastic artist to make miniatures of his larger paintings. Miles' miniatures became popular quickly, and he exhibited a collection of his best work at the Royal Academy for more than four years. Such a prominent and lengthy exhibit attracted the attention of the highly placed, including the Duchess of York and Queen Charlotte. He painted the queen's portrait and members of the royal family, including the royal children.

Later in the century he travelled to Russia, where he became court painter to Tsar Paul I. Miles was in Russia when the Tsar was assassinated, and his son, Alexander I, came to the throne. Miles was kept on as court painter, and executed portraits of the new tsar and his tsaritsa. He was also in St. Petersburg at the time of the Napoleonic invasion. Miles, along with other Western European artists, helped to inform the development of a Russian school of painting. Finally, in 1806, Miles travelled to the United States, where he spent the remainder of his life. He resided in Philadelphia, and advertised regularly for commissions
Slight dust under the glass
Bonhams, London, 5 November, 2002, lot 46 as being by Ozias Humphry
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 9, 41 (#158a &b) 67 (sitter # 45).
Dimensions
Height 3.80 cm (1.50 inches)
Stock Code
4649
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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