Samuel Shelley c1800
Samuel Shelley c1800
Samuel Shelley c1800

SAMUEL SHELLEY (c.1750-1808)

Samuel Shelley c1800

c. 1800 England

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A portrait miniature of Emma Jane Friend aged about 10. She is wearing a white dress with frilled lace edged sleeves and neckline and a blue ribbon waist sash.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame the reverse with opaline glass and lock of hair.

The Friend family were from Birchington, Thanet, tracing back to Daniel Friend in the 1500's. Emma's brother James owned and ran a sugar refinery in the East End of London.

SAMUEL SHELLEY 1756-1808

He was born in Whitechapel, London. He entered the R.A. Schools 21st March 1774 aged 17. He was awarded a premium by the Society of Arts 1770. He exhibited at the Society of Artists 1773 & 1775 and at the R.A. 1774-1804 as well as the B.I and O.W.C.S.

Shelley painted miniatures, watercolour figure subjects, oil paintings; drew book illustrations and engraved some of his own works; others were engraved by Bartolozzi. He had addresses in Soho, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and finally 6 George Street, Hanover Square where he remained until his death on 22 November 1808.

He was an artist of considerable ability, characteristics of his work are a yellowish green flesh tint (this is sometimes used on the background as well), a slightly enlarged pupil of the eye, and the use of rather more gum than that used by other artists. This gives his miniatures the appearance of oil paintings. His draughtsmanship was good and his miniatures of ladies and children are charming.

Examples of his work can be seen at the V & A Museum, the British Museum has some of his drawings, the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and the City of Liverpool Museum have miniatures by him.

SAMUEL SHELLEY 1756-1808

Born in Whitechapel London. Entered the R A Schools 21st March1774 aged 17. He was awarded a premium by the Society of Arts 1770.
He exhibited at the Society of Artists 1773 & 1775 and at the R.A. 1774-1804 as well as at the B.I & O.W.C.S.

Shelley painted miniatures, water-colour figure subjects, oil paintings; drew book illustrations and engraved some of his own works; others were engraved by Bartolozzi. He had addresses in Soho, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and finally 6 George Street, Hanover Square where he remained until his death on 22 November 1808.

He was an artist of considerable ability, characteristics of his work are a yellowish green flesh tint (this is sometimes used on the background as well), a slightly enlarged pupil of the eye, and the use of rather more gum that that used by other artists. This gives his miniatures the appearance of oil paintings. His draughtsmanship was good and his miniatures of ladies and children charming.

Examples of his work can be seen at the V & A M., the B.M. has some of his drawings, the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge & the City of Liverpool Museum have miniatures by him.
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Dimensions
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Width 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Stock Code
5533
Medium
Watercolour on ivory.
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