A fine silhouette of a young Lady
A fine silhouette of a young Lady

JOHN MIERS (1756-1821)

A fine silhouette of a young Lady

c. 1790 United Kingdom

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in profile to the right
set in turned pearwood frame with verre eglomise border

Miers Born in Leeds, established a business first in Edinburgh, and operated in various Northern towns before setting up studios in The Strand, London around 1788. Here he operated a very successful business recording customers profiles in "3 minute sittings". His miniatures were produced on ivory or plaster and feature delicate shading to show detail of the hair and clothes. The sitter's face was recorded as a black silhouette.

In 1785, Miers writes on the back of one of his images promoting the process: “preserves the most exact Symmetry and animated expression of the Features, much Superior to any other Method. Time of sitting one minute. N.B. He keeps the original Shades, and can supply those he has once taken with any number of Copies. Those who have Shades by them may have them reduced to any Size, and dress’d in the present taste.”

Miers speciality was painting unrelieved black on plaster. At the end of his life in 1821, Miers is considered to have amassed 100,000 profiles in his studio.
Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
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painted on plaster
Trade label missing
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