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An unknown Gentleman

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Artist: Henry Edridge

REF
4871
wearing brown coat with large gold buttons, brown and white striped waistcoat and cravat, powdered wig
in the original gold bracelet clasp frame

Although previously thought to be the work of Mosnier this miniature bears a much stronger allegiance to the early works by Henry Edridge particularly in the use of the dark brown background and subtle use of yellow and red tones in the flesh.
Edridge was the son of a tradesman and apprenticed at the age of fifteen to William Pether, a mezzotint engraver and landscape painter, and became proficient as a painter of miniatures, portraits and landscapes.
His first portraits were on ivory, and he subsequently turned to paper with black lead and India ink to which he added very ornate backgrounds, but he later produced a large number of elaborately finished pictures in water colours with light backgrounds.
More Information
Provenance                 Christie's, 19 March, 1986, lot 323 where described as by Jean Laurent Mosnier
Condition                 Dusting of mould evident under the glass
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