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Collins was born at Gosport in Hampshire, on 30 January 1755. He studied enamel-painting with Jeremiah Meyer. In 1777, he exhibited some portraits at the Royal Academy. He shared with Richard Cosway and Samuel Shelley the fashionable sitters of the day, and in 1789, was appointed principal portrait-painter in enamel to George III. He executed some fine miniature portraits of the royal family. Having acquired a comfortable income by his art, he left London in 1811, and retired into private life at Pershore, Worcestershire, resigning his post in the royal service.
Richard Collins were employed to produce miniature portraits, often based on oil paintings to be given to family members, friends and courtiers or presented as a diplomatic gift, as this appears to be. This miniature has been taken from the full length by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88), commissioned by George III and hung at the Royal Academy in 1781, now in the Royal Collection, Buckingham Palace, in the Queen's Audience Room.
|Height||50.00 mm||(1.97 inches)|