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Set in the original gold frame, the reverse with aperture to reveal gold monogram JB on plaited hair
It is possible that the sitter is John Bellasis (died 1808), a British Major-General (East India Company officer) who was commanding the forces at Bombay. He first went to India in 1763. He died in Bombay at age 64. He married Ann, daughter of John Hutchins, who died in Bombay in 1797.
Smart was one of the leading miniaturists working at the end of the 18th century. His work is entirely different from that of Cosway, quiet and grey in its colouring, with the flesh tints elaborated with much subtlety and modelled in exquisite fashion. He possessed a great knowledge of anatomy, and his portraits are drawn with greater anatomical accuracy and possess more distinction than those of any miniature painter of his time.
|Height||71.00 mm||(2.80 inches)|