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

WILLIAM WOOD (1769-1810)

A portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman

c. 1795 United Kingdom

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Wearing a blue coat, white waistcoat and red vest, a large white tied cravat
set in the original gold frame with plaited hair border, the reverse with vari coloured locks of hair formed as wheat sheaf tied with seed pearls within gold mount and blue glass border

Suffolk born, Wood entered the Royal Academy schools to begin his formal training in 1785 at the age of sixteen. Little is known about his apprenticeship years but he was quickly established in the profession of miniature painting. It is possible that he is the 'William Wood' exhibiting at the Royal Academy as early as 1788 and was a regular exhibitor throughout his career. He strived to improve the status of portrait miniatures and watercolour portraits and to have such works recognised as 'high art'. In 1807, for example, he was a founder member of the 'New Society of Painters in Miniature and Watercolour'. This society was established to rival the watercolour exhibiting societies, which were dominated by landscape artists.
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Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 12, 64 (# 289).
Dimensions
Height 6.40 cm (2.52 inches)
Stock Code
4780
Medium
watercolour on ivory
Signed/Inscribed
Not opened
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