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signed with initials JH and dated 1805
set in the original gold frame the reverse with lock of hair with the initial M of seed pearls mounted on a blue enamel plaque, together with a later water-colour on card of the same sitter
Lieutenant Archibald McNeil was commissioned Ensign, 75th Highlanders, July 1797; promoted Lieutenant, February 1800
Hazlitt in 1788, exhibited four miniature portraits derived from the work of Reynolds at the Royal Academy, and would exhibit paintings every year until 1819. In May 1789, he married Mary Peirce of Portsea, Portsmouth at St Anne's Church, Soho, and went on to paint several miniature portraits of her. He also painted the portraits of Mary Lamb, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Priestley and Edward Jenner.
Some of Hazlitt's surviving miniatures are held by Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery. William Bentley, an American Unitarian minister, owned many of Hazlitt's works, and it is possible that these were donated to the American Antiquarian Society in 1819.
|Height||8.90 cm||(3.50 inches)|