A fine portrait of a Noble Lady
A fine portrait of a Noble Lady
A fine portrait of a Noble Lady
A fine portrait of a Noble Lady
A fine portrait of a Noble Lady

WILLIAM EGLEY (1798-1870)

A fine portrait of a Noble Lady

c. 1803 United Kingdom

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Wearing a red cloak over black dress and large white ruff collar, a white plumed black hat on her finely dressed ringlets, large drop pearl earrings.
Set in the original shaped gilt-metal scrolling bracelet clasp frame with chased locket lid

The gift of a box of colours which William received in early youth strengthened his desire to be a painter. However, his father wanted both himself and his brother to go into the trade of bookselling.

They went to work at the publishing house and bookshop of William Darton, on Holborn Hill, London; but while Thomas pursued this calling to the end of his life, William, by chance visits to the exhibitions in Somerset House, London cultivated and stimulated his love of painting. Without any professional teaching he succeeded in finishing two pictures, the portraits of Colonel Ogleby and of Richard Yates, the actor, which were received and exhibited by the Royal Academy in 1824. From that time until the year before his death he was a constant exhibitor, sending, in all, 160 miniatures to the Academy exhibitions, 2 pictures to the British Institution, and 6 to the Suffolk Street Gallery. He was very successful in portraying children, with whom his genial temper made him a great favourite.
Small paint loss at the border at 2 and 9 o'clock
Sotheby's 7 November 1996 lot 241
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 12, 65 (# 297)
Height 4.80 cm (1.89 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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