An Unknown noble Lady, possibly Isobel Innes, the wife of the artist
An Unknown noble Lady, possibly Isobel Innes, the wife of the artist

JOHN ALEXANDER (1686-c.1766)

An Unknown noble Lady, possibly Isobel Innes, the wife of the artist

1733 United Kingdom

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She wears a low cut white dress, red shawl and blue veil
set in gilt-metal mount.

John Alexander, son of an Aberdeen doctor, was the great-grandson of George Jamesone, the most famous Scottish painter of the seventeenth century. After some time in London, Alexander travelled to Italy in 1711 where he studied under Giuseppe Chiari and received commissions from the Stuart court in exile. When he returned to Scotland in 1720 he worked for the Duke of Gordon, a Catholic and a staunch Jacobite, and produced his most ambitious work, a ceiling painting for Gordon Castle. Most of his clients were from the north-east of Scotland and many were Jacobites. He took up arms for Prince Charles in the 1745 Rising and became a fugitive after Culloden but was back in Edinburgh working openly by 1748

Signed British oil miniatures are very rare. Alexander painted very few miniatures, but one self portrait, dated 1711, is known in the Scottish National portrait Gallery. There is no documentary evidence to support who the sitter is, but knowing that one of the main functions for having your miniature taken was to create a "token of affection", it could be argued that the sitter is John Alexander's wife, Isobel Innes, whom he married May 1723. The date of 1733 would suggest that the miniature was created to celebrate 10 years of marriage.
minor loss of paint at the border at 7 o'clock
Dimensions
Height 8.40 cm (3.31 inches)
Stock Code
4487
Medium
oil on copper
Signed/Inscribed
signed on the obverse, Alex: pinx 1733,
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