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A portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman

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He wears a mole coloured coat with gold lace and a finely embroidered gold waistcoat , powdered bag wig
Signed and dated 1762 on the obverse, set in the original bracelet clasp frame with garnet border.

Vispre was born in Besancon and worked in Paris from 1750. In 1756 he published the startlingly entitled Methode pour Devenir Peintre en Trois Heures.
He went to London in 1760, where he painted in oils and also worked as a miniaturist. In 1766 he settled in Ireland and remained in Dublin until 1780.
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Year                 1762
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed and dated
Literature                 Walter G. Stickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists, Dublin and London, Vol II, pp 490-1

Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p.234 , Number 28 illustra
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Condition                 Minor scratches to the surface of the glass
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