Samuel Shelley c1800
Samuel Shelley c1800
Samuel Shelley c1800
Samuel Shelley c1800
Samuel Shelley c1800

SAMUEL SHELLEY (c.1750-1808)

Samuel Shelley c1800

c. 1800 England

Offered by Cynthia Walmsley


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A portrait miniature of a gentleman wearing a blue jacket, white waistcoat, white chemise and stock and a lace cravat and a scarlet singleton. His hair is worn powdered and tied back in a plait. The reverse of the miniature is signed: Sam Shelley/6 George Street/Hanover Square.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame, the reverse with blue glass. The miniature also bears the label from Limner Antiques "Hereby signed Sam Shelley/6 George Street/Hanover Square."

Samuel Shelley (1750/56-1808), one of England's finest miniaturists, ranked with Cosway, he was a native of London. For the most part self-taught, he entered the Royal Academy schools in 1774 at age 17, where he was artistically influenced by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Shelley painted miniatures, watercolor figure subjects, oil paintings, drew book illustrations and engraved some of his own works. Employed at the court of George III and Queen Charlotte, he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists, the British Institute and the Old Water Color Society, of which he was a founder. He taught as well, and Edward Nash and Alexander Robertson were two of his pupils. Shelley's work may be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the City of Liverpool Museum, the Ward Usher Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Very good.
With Limner Antiques at some time in the 1970's or 1980's.
Height 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Width 5.50 cm (2.17 inches)
Stock Code
Watercolour on ivory
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