William Egley c1840
William Egley c1840
William Egley c1840

WILLIAM EGLEY (1798-1870)

William Egley c1840

c. 1840 England

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A charming portrait miniature of a young girl. She has long fair hair and blue eyes and is wearing a simple white shift dress with lace frills at the shoulder line. The background is a blue sky with feathery clouds.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gold frame surrounded with seed pearls, the reverse is engraved with what appears to be the initial "C" and a pair of spurs.

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 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
Width 3.50 cm (1.38 inches)
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Watercolour on ivory
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