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An 18th century portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman


Artist: Richard Crosse

wearing a blue coat and white cravat
set in the original gold frame

Crosse painted miniatures in watercolour, in enamel and in some oil portraits. Hew was a prolific artitst, painting more than 100 miniatures in 1777 alone. The greenish blue tinge for the face and background seen in this portrait is typical of his style.
He had the misfortune to be born deaf and dumb. He studied in London, exhibiting at the Society of Artists 1760-96 and at the R.A. 1770-96. During this time he was appointed painter in Enamel to George III.
More Information
Year                 circa 1770.
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory,
Provenance                 The John Tapp Collection
Sotheby's 9 November, 1944, lot 114 brought by Mike Papier
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