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An unknown Gentleman wearing dark blue coat


Artist: Samuel Andrews

Set in the original frame with paste and pearl border

Samuel Andrews was born in Ireland but like so many miniaturists at the end of the 18th he moved to India. He arrived in Madras in 1791, moving in 1795 to the same house previously occupied by John Smart. He was certainly in Calcutta in the later 1790s. John Smart was of great influence to Samuel Andrews and the two men must have shared client commissions as so many of their works relate to each other. Although not seemingly signed on the obverse the linear approach seen on the face coupled with the pronounced eye lashes are typical of Andrew's hand.
The sitter remains anonymous but the fancy frame the miniature is set in suggests he was wealthy man.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1800
Provenance                 The late Edward Grosvenor Paine, Christie's, 15th October, 1996
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 8, 31 (# 100).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Good
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