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A fine portrait of a William Putland Meyrick (d. 1810)


Artist: James Nixon

3.6 cm (1 1/2")
wearing a bright green waistcoat and brown coat, tied white lace cravat, his powdered hair en queue
Signed with initial N on the obverse, set in a stunning gold frame with cabochon emeralds and diamonds, gold chain

Nixon studied at the Royal Academy Schools from March 1769. He first exhibited with the Society of Artists (1765-1771), and from 1772 to 1805 was an annual contributor to the Royal Academy.

Nixon was a leading miniaturist of his time, and held the appointments of limner to the Prince of Wales and miniature-painter to the Duchess of York; in 1778 he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy. He resided in London for most of his professional career, but spent periods in Edinburgh and Newcastle.

The sitter appears to have had his portrait taken on more than one occasion, another example of which was sold at Philips auctioneers in July 1997.
3.6 cm (1 1/2")
More Information
Year                 circa 1780
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed with initial N on the obverse
Condition                 Good
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