William Egley 1853
William Egley 1853
William Egley 1853

WILLIAM EGLEY (1798-1870)

William Egley 1853

1835 England

Offered by Cynthia Walmsley


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A charming portrait miniature of "Edmund", he is wearing a blue jacket with a cream lace collar. He has wavy fair hair and dark brown eyes.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame, the reverse inscribed with his initials "EA". The front of the frame has inscribed across the top: Edmund, May16th, 1853

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 5.75 cm (2.26 inches)
Width 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Stock Code
Watercoour on ivory.
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