Georgian Miniature of a Naval Officer

Georgian Miniature of a Naval Officer

c. 1790 to c. 1810 England

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Very fine reverse painting on convex glass within a gilt, verre eglomisé border. Sitter facing sinister, the officer wearing a powdered pigtail, epaulettes, black stock and the white frill of a chemise at his neck. Each of his buttons is finely painted with an anchor, affirming his identity as a Naval officer. The miniature is set over a plaster plate, upon which a silhouette of the minutely detailed painting can be seen. It is set in a paper maché frame with a pear wood oval mount. Although unsigned, from comparison with the work, mounts and frames from miniatures that bear the inscription ‘Lea - Portsmouth’ c1768-1828), it is undoubtedly by the same artist. John Lea flourished as an important silhouettist.
See McKechnie, British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760 - 1860 (Section 6) and Emma Rutherford, Silhouette - The Art of the Shadow (p159).
English, circa 1790 - 1810
Frame Height 6” (15cm) Width 5” (12.5cm)
Stock No. 1216
The miniaturist, Lea, has been identified by the few extant miniature silhouettes/paintings that bear an inscription ‘By Lea - Portsmouth’. Occasionally there is also an inscribed date. An example can be seen in the M.A.H. Christie Collection of an unknown Naval gentleman and shows the inscription to the rear.
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1216
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