A portrait miniature of an officer, probably of the Militia
A portrait miniature of an officer, probably of the Militia
A portrait miniature of an officer, probably of the Militia
A portrait miniature of an officer, probably of the Militia

WILLIAM PETHER (c.1738-1821)

A portrait miniature of an officer, probably of the Militia

c. 1790 United Kingdom

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wearing a scarlet coat with blue facings and gold epaulettes
Signed with initials on the obverse, set in the original gold frame, the reverse with blonde plaited hair within blue enamel border studded with gold floral decoration (some repair to the enamel border)

Pether became a pupil of Thomas Frye, with whom he entered into partnership in 1761.

Pether was a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and contributed to its exhibitions paintings, miniatures, and engravings from 1764 to 1777. He was also an occasional exhibitor with the Free Society and the Royal Academy. He had many pupils, including Henry Edridge and Edward Dayes. He often changed his residence from London to the provinces and back again; and gradually sank into obscurity and neglect.

At the beginning of the 19th century Pether appears to have settled at Bristol, where he made a living as a drawing-master and picture-cleaner
Minor wear and tear to gold frame
Sotheby's, London, 26 June, 1978, lot 188 (£650)
Christie's, London, 14 October, 1988
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 6, 14 (#10r & 10V)
Dimensions
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Stock Code
4500
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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