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

ABRAHAM DANIEL (1760-1806)

A portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman

c. 1790 United Kingdom

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wearing a blue coat, white and blue striped waistcoat and tied cravat, seated in a mahogany backed chair
set in the original gold frame


The three Daniel brothers, Abraham, Joseph and Phineas, were the sons of Nechaniah Daniel of Bridwater, Somerset and were considered to be the earliest known jewish artists in the area. It has come to be accepted wisdom that all three were taught the art of miniature painting by their clever mother.

Phineas, the least heard of, worked mainly in Bristol, Abraham (c.1750-1806) worked mainly in Plymouth and Joseph (c.1760-1803) worked mainly in Bath and is generally referred to when one talks of 'Daniel of Bath'. There appears to have been a keen rivalry between the brothers, all of whom referred to themselves as 'Mr. Daniel' (or Daniell).

Abraham, who was an engraver and jeweller as well as miniature painter, left an Estate of £1,500, with £50 apiece left to his mistress and his illegitimate children
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 11, 57 (#251).
Dimensions
Height 5.20 cm (2.05 inches)
Stock Code
4742
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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