A miniature portrait of an unknown Gentleman
A miniature portrait of an unknown Gentleman
A miniature portrait of an unknown Gentleman

JOHN COMERFORD (1770-1832)

A miniature portrait of an unknown Gentleman

c. 1800 Ireland

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wearing brown coat, white waistcoat and frilled cravat
set in the original gilt-metal frame

This is a lively portrait of a Gentleman with huge character

Comerford was born at Kilkenny. He gained some knowledge of art from copying the pictures in the collection of the Marquis of Ormonde. He went early in life to Dublin, and entered as a student in the art schools of the Dublin Society.

He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in 1804 and 1809. He was very successful and gained a high reputation as a miniature-painter in Dublin, and had a large and lucrative practice in his art. He particularly excelled in his male portraits, which were carefully finished, well expressed, and quiet in colour.
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the portrait miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850 (Kilkenny: Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999), p. 53 number 89 , illustrated in colour p. 42.

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp. 9, 40 (#155).
Height 7.70 cm (3.03 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
Scratch to the surface of the ivory at 6 o'clock
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