An Unknown Gentleman
British (English) School
Art / Miniatures
circa 1770 - 1780
115 mm (Diameter)12 mm (D)Order this image
Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
This tiny portrait is painted in meticulous detail on a wafer thin slice of ivory.
Portrait miniature, watercolour on ivory, An Unknown Man by British (English) School. c.1770-1780. Half-length portrait of a man, seated in a red up-holstered chair, turned to the left, gazing to the right, wearing a blue coat, white shirt and white stock. Red drape in the background at he left and distant horizon with sky on the right.
Gift from Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. Bequeathed to Dorset County Museum with a large general collection from Mr RD Kitchingman of Pelhams, Chideock, Dorset in May 2001. Offered to Beningbrough Hall by Curator Richard de Peyer presumably on the basis of the Chesterfield connection as one of the miniatures has a modern pencil inscription 'Earl of Chesterfield' on the reverse. This information is based on some email correspondence that has come to light between NT's Roger Carr Whitworth (HBR) and Ray Barker (property Manager at Beningbrough Hall) found by C Hill when going through property files 2.5.2020
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British (English) School, artist