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Watercolour on ivory in an oval silver frame with paste surround.
Lady Emelia Mary Gordon Lennox, later Emily FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster was a daughter of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond and Lennox who illegitimately descended from King Charles II. In 1747, Emilia married James Fitzgerald, 20th Earl of Kildare, later 1st Duke of Leinster, with whom she had nineteen children. After his death in 1773 she caused a stir by marrying her children's tutor, William Ogilvie, who was nine years her junior.
Another version of this miniature by Meyer exists and was in the collection of the late Mrs T. S. Eliot, London.
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 and then became a pupil of Christian Friedrich Zincke. Meyer painted miniatures, enamels, watercolors 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.
|Height||4.50 cm||(1.77 inches)|
|Width||3.50 cm||(1.38 inches)|