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A portrait miniature of a young maiden


Artist: John Bogle

Signed with initials on the obverse and dated 1780, Wearing a lilac coloured dress, white fichu and lave bonnet trimmed with bow
Set in the original gold frame with gold rim and plaited hair border, the reverse with locks of brown hair tied with seed pearls and gold wire on opalescent glass

Bogle was the son of an excise officer also called John. He attended classes at a drawing school in Glasgow founded in 1753 by the printers and booksellers Robert and Andrew Foulis.

Bogle married in 1769, and in that year and the next exhibited miniatures at the Society of Artists in London from an address in Edinburgh. He then moved to London, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1772 to 1794, including a self-portrait of 1772. His address is given throughout this time as 1, Panton Square.

In the year that this miniature was taken,1780, the Tower of London held its only American prisoner, former President of the Continental Congress, Henry Laurens.
More Information
Year                 1780
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 12, 63 (# 282).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
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