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18th Century portrait miniature of a gentleman in crimson coat, watercolour on ivory

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Artist: Jeremiah Meyer

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set in the original gold bracelet clasp frame with added hoop suspension ring

The lavishly embroidered crimson coat, of blue flowers and gold thread worn by the sitter suggests that this gentleman was a distinguished aristocrat.

Meyer was Painter in Miniatures to Queen Charlotte, Painter in Enamels to King George III and was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy. Meyer's background as an enamel painter contrasted with the training of contemporary English miniaturists such as Samuel Finney and Gervase Spencer. These initially worked in watercolour on ivory and only turned later to enamels as the popularity of enamelists like Zincke's work grew.

In 1765 Meyer became one of the original directors of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and in 1768 was chosen a foundation member of the Royal Academy. He contributed to the Academy's exhibitions until 1783, sending several portraits of members of the Royal Family. The establishment of the Royal Academy pension fund in 1775 was due to Meyer's initiative.
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Year                 Circa 1770
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 9, 41 (#159)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
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