Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Frederick Buck (Irish, 1771-c1839)



Figure 1.--This portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory of a young boy, circa 1800. The portrait bears a strong similarity to the best work of Irish painter, Frederick Buck. We are not sure who the boy in the protrait is.

We know that Frederick Buck (1771-c. 1839) was an important Irish portrait painter. We have noted large numbers of his ministers. We know, however, very little about him. Presumably he is related to Adam Buck. This portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory of a young boy, circa 1800. The portrait is clearly done by a very accomplished portratist. The minature bears a strong similarity to the best work of Irish painter, Frederick Buck, especially portrait #100 in Paul Caffrey s book John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland which depicts another young boy. This boy wears a dark blue jacket with gold buttons and frilly collar; his long blond hair frames his heart-shaped face. He has lovely blue eyes! The portrait is set in gilt metal frame; glazed reverse reveals goldbeater's skin (animal membrane) used to secure the painting in the frame. It measures 2 1/2 by 2 1/8 inches.

Artist

We know that Frederick Buck (1771-c. 1839) was an important Irish portrait painter. We have noted large numbers of his ministers. We know, however, very little about him. Presumably he is related to Adam Buck who also painted minatures.

Portrait

This portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory of a young boy, circa 1800 (figure 1). We do no know who the boy is. The portrait is clearly done by a very accomplished portratist. The minature bears a strong similarity to the best work of Irish painter, Frederick Buck, especially portrait #100 in Paul Caffrey s book John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland which depicts another young boy. This boy wears a dark blue jacket with gold buttons and frilly collar; his long blond hair frames his heart-shaped face. He has lovely blue eyes! The portrait is set in gilt metal frame; glazed reverse reveals goldbeater's skin (animal membrane) used to secure the painting in the frame. It measures 2 1/2 by 2 1/8 inches.

Minatures

We are precisely sure just how minatures were used. We know that some wereworn in lockets. Others may have been worn with the impage clearly visible. The may also have been used as table or cabinent adornments.





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Created: October 30, 2003
Last updated: October 30, 2003