A portrait miniature of a young Gentleman
A portrait miniature of a young Gentleman
A portrait miniature of a young Gentleman

SAMUEL SHELLEY (c.1750-1808)

A portrait miniature of a young Gentleman

c. 1805 United Kingdom

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Wearing a blue coat with gold buttons and black collar, white waistcoat and red vest, frilled lace cravat
set in the original gold frame the reverse with glazed aperture to reveal the signature within a gold mount and ivory border

Shelley was for the most part self-taught as an artist. His first exhibition was at the Society of Artists in 1773, on 21 March the following year he entered the Royal Academy Schools (his age recorded as 17), where he became influenced by the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds. During his career Shelley painted in oil, illustrated books, and engraved several of his own works, but he's most particularly remembered for his watercolour miniature portraits. During his lifetime he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and the British Institute.

Shelley lived at several locations in London including Soho, Henrietta Street, Convent Garden and finally Hanover Square where this portrait was taken. It is recorded in the The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 104, in the year 1808, that Samuel Shelley died in his house at George Street, Hanover Square, , "of the first eminence as a miniature painter" .
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 12, 63 (# 286r & 286v).
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Height 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
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watercolour on ivory
Signed in full on the reverse with the address George Street, Henrietta Square
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