William Egley 1837
William Egley 1837
William Egley 1837
William Egley 1837
A portrait miniature of a demure young girl with dark hair falling in ringlets. She is wearing a white muslin dress with a round neckline.

Watercolour on ivory in a rectangular gilt metal frame decorated with shells and oak leaves. The revers of the ivory is inscribed: Painted by/Wm Egley/40 London Street/Fitzroy Square/London/Augst. 10 1837

EGLEY, WILLIAM (1798 – 1870)

Born in Doncaster 1798. Worked in a London publishing house, but decided to take up painting; was self –taught and had a struggle to obtain a good practice. Exhibited at the R.A. 1824-1869.

Succeeded in acquiring an aristocratic clientele. Married twice and had a son, William Maw Egley, who followed his father’s profession. His addresses included 47 Cirencester Place (1825), 15 Buckingham Street, & 9 Montague Street, Portman Square 1860-1862.

Died in London 19 March 1870. He worked slightly in the manner of Sir W C Ross. Five miniatures by him were loaned to the exhibition at the South Kensington Museum 1865, they included portraits of Lady Burleigh & Lord Churchill. A portrait of William Egley by his son is in the British Museum.

The V & A have miniatures by Egley painted 1849-1850 and other examples are at the City of Liverpool Museum. A miniature of Miss Browne as a child was in the collection of Daphne Foskett.
Height 5.50 cm (2.17 inches)
Width 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
External Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
External Width 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
Stock Code
Watercolour on ivory.
Signed and dated to reverse of ivory.
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