John Smart 1766
John Smart 1766
A fine portrait miniature of a young gentleman wearing a cream jacket, bright blue waistcoat and a white chemise. His powdered hair is worn tied back with a ribbon. Watercolour in an oval gold watchtop frame. The miniature is signed to the obverse: JS 1766.
Additional Information: John Smart c1740-1811 John Smart deserves his reputation as being the finest 18th century portrait miniaturist. His miniatures are painted in very clear colours making his works appear luminous, he had a very good understanding of anatomy and was able to paint and draw with the finest detail. He studied drawing in London as apprentice to William Shipley in St Martin’s Lane and exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1762. He travelled to India in 1785 to Fort St George, Madras and spent the next ten years painting miniatures there before returning to London in 1795. His miniatures are usually signed and dated, the ones painted in India having an “I” under the date. Examples of his work can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Wallace Collection and the British Museum, London.
Dimensions
Height 3.40 cm (1.34 inches)
Stock Code
5255
Medium
Watercolour in an oval gold watchtop frame.
Signed/Inscribed
The miniature is signed to the obverse: JS 1766.
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