A portrait miniature of fashionable young Lady
A portrait miniature of fashionable young Lady
A portrait miniature of fashionable young Lady
A portrait miniature of fashionable young Lady
A portrait miniature of fashionable young Lady

ANDREW BENJAMIN LENS (1714-c.1779)

A portrait miniature of fashionable young Lady

c. 1735 United Kingdom

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Wearing fur trimmed royal blue dress slashed to reveal white, a white plume in her upswept hair entwined with pearls, drop pearl earrings , set in the original gold mount the fish skin reverse embellished with gold pellets

Andrew (born circa 1713) was one of at least three sons of Benjamin Lens - the first British artist to introduce ivory as a medium on which to paint. His brother Peter Paul also painted miniatures. According to Horace Walpole both became prolific draftsmen (Walpole: "ingenious painters in miniature"). There is a portrait of Andrew, as a child, by Benjamin Lens, his father, in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Ladies at the Court of Queen Anne and George I were fond of dressing up as Mary Queen of Scots, as is apparent in this portrait. Bernard Lens painted many portraits of women dressed in black dresses edged with white ermine, which were falsely thought to be Mary Queen of Scots herself- indeed Andrew made a copy of this image, which was sold at Christie's 1963 being purchased by Schidlof.
Minor flecks of dirt under the glass.
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 22 (#50)
Dimensions
Height 4.30 cm (1.69 inches)
Stock Code
4540
Medium
watercolour on ivory
Signed/Inscribed
Signed with gold monogram on the obverse
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