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The majority of miniatures, painted in the major cities in England, were executed by men. However, there were a few exceptions when women painted them, Ann Foldsone, later Mrs. Mee, being arguably, the finest of them all. She began to painte at the age of 12 and was being a pupil of George Romney. She became the sole support of her mother and 8 brothers and sisters as a young age. The poet, William Hayley, descried her as a young female genius in miniature.
Anne married Joseph Mee in 1793 and is reputed to have only been given consent by her husband to paint female portraits after this date. This miniature proves that she was not always obedient! Indeed this is the second known portrait of the same sitter by Mee.
George Stewart was the eldest son and heir of 7th Earl by Anne daughter of Sir James Dashwood, 2nd Bt. He became Lord Garlies in 1773 when his father succeed to the earldom. He entered the Navy in 1781 and served at the Battle of Dogger Bank, 1781, the Siege of Gibraltar, 1782 and the Battle of Cape St Vincent, 1797. He was promoted Lt., in 1789, Post Captain in 1793, Rear Admiral in 1810, Vice Admiral in 1819 and Admiral in 1830. He sat for Parliament for Saltash, Cockermouth and Hazlemere but left the Commons on succeeding to the Earldom in 1806. He was later Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbrightshire and for Wigtownshire 1807-1828. He was made a a Knight of the Garter in 1814.
He married Lady Jane Paget, sister of Wellington's second in command at Waterloo, the 2nd Earl of Uxbridge (later Marquess of Anglesey).
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