We notice a variety of miniature paintings. Sizes varied, but some seem small enough to wear as jewlry. The larger pieces might be worn as pieces pinned to a dress or blouse. Even smaller miniatures were done for pendants and lockets.
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 (1771-c. 1839), 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.
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