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A portrait miniature of a Lady in ostrich feather hat


Artist: William Barclay

She wears a black dress trimmed with white lace border, pearl brooch at her corsage, pearl necklace set with large pearl cross, drop pearl earrings.
Set in a gold coloured frame the reverse with two locks of hair one with gold monogram R the other with gold monogram J, secured with split seed pearls.

This miniature is attributed to Barclay based on comparison with other known portraits by the artist . Barclay was born possibly in London and was also possibly the son of William Barclay (fl. 1764–1769), miniature painter, of Tottenham, Middlesex. He entered the Royal Academy Schools on 15 January 1820, aged twenty-two, under the title 'William Barclay Jnr'. He established himself as a miniature painter, practising in London and Paris throughout the period 1830 to 1859.

Barclay specialized in making copies of the works of the great Italian masters in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, as well as producing portrait miniatures on ivory in the style of, but considerably weaker than, Sir William Ross.
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Year                 Circa 1835
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