Jeremiah Meyer c1775
Jeremiah Meyer c1775
Jeremiah Meyer c1775
Jeremiah Meyer c1775

JEREMIAH MEYER (1735-1789)

Jeremiah Meyer c1775

c. 1775 England

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Portrait miniature of a naval officer wearing a tricorn hat embellished with feathers on the crown. His hair is worn powdered with side curls. He is wearing a scarlet jacket with yellow facings, silver fringed epaulette and a white chemise and lace cravat.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame with a rope twist engraved surround to the reverse.

Jeremiah Meyer (1735-1789), one of the finest miniaturists of the 18th century, was born in Tubigen, Germany to an artistic family, his father the portrait painter to the Duke of Wurtemberg. When Meyer was fourteen his father brought him to England, and the adolescent artist studied at the St. Martin’s Lane Academy as well as with fellow German miniaturist Christian Friedrich Zincke. Meyer painted miniatures, enamels, watercolours and portraits in oil. He exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1760 to 1767, receiving a gold medal, and was a founding member of the Royal Academy, where he exhibited from 1769 to 1783. He became a naturalized citizen of England in 1762, married the miniaturist Barbara Marsden in 1763, and was appointed miniature painter to the Queen and painter in enamel to the King in 1764. Meyer numbered among his friends the painter George Romney and the poet William Hayley, and among his pupils the miniaturists Richard Collins and Diana Hill. Examples of his works may be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, and in the collection of Her Majesty, the Queen.
With Philip Mould Gallery 2014
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Width 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
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Watercolour on ivory
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