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A portrait of a young Boy


Artist: John Donaldson

With long flowing brown hair, wearing a blue coat, white waistcoat and frilled cravat
Set within diamonte mount within blue glass border and further fabulous gold frame with blue and white enamel border, the reverse with gold monogram MF on plaited hair within further blue, white and gold enamel border

John Donaldson was born in Edinburgh, his father greatly encouraged the young Donaldson's aspirations of becoming a professional painter. At the age of 12 had gained a reputation as a competent drawer in Indian inks, producing portraits as well as copies of the Old Masters; so successful were these early endeavours that he was able to support not just himself but his family too. After spending several years working in Edinburgh Donaldson moved to London where he took to painting exclusively portrait miniatures with great success. His works can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1790
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 6, 30 ( #28)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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