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Set in the original gold frame with blonde plaited hair border, the reverse with seed pearl monogram AAS on plaited hair with gold mount and blue glass border
Alexander Stewart was commissioned a Lieutenant 15 December 1800, a Captain 18 March 1809 and by March 1819 he had retired.
Thomas Peat was a London-based portraitist (he lived at 290 Holborn, near Great Turnstile ), the majority of whose work is in miniature, both painted and enamel. He shared a house with his sister, who also painted portraits and sent them to the Royal Academy. Few biographical details remain about them, though a doggerel poem survives which praises:
In striking likenesses, those talents rare,
With the ingenious Peat few can compare;
Although seemingly not signed, this miniature is so typical of Peat's hand especially noticeably in the smirky smile. Peat exhibited at the Academy until 1805 from his London houses, but seems to have been peripatetic, his work being recorded in Bath, Leamington Spa and Bristol
|Height||54.00 mm||(2.13 inches)|