A fine portrait of an officer
A fine portrait of an officer
A fine portrait of an officer

SAMUEL SHELLEY (c.1750-1808)

A fine portrait of an officer

1790 United Kingdom

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Largely self-educated, Samuel Shelley was a leading miniaturist, of his time, ranking with Cosway, Smart, and Crosse. In addition to his portraits, he also painted in water-colours fancy figures and compositions from Shakespeare, Tasso, and other poets. His water-colours and miniatures were engraved by Bartolozzi, William Nutter, Caroline Watson, and others.

During his lifetime he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and the British Institute. In 1804 Shelley joined with W. F. Wells, Robert Hills, W. H. Pyne, and six other artists to found the Watercolour Society (afterwards known as the "Old" society), of which he was treasurer until 1807.
Property from the Forbesesof Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian
Height 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
Signed on the obverse with the address Henrietta Place, Convt. Garden
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