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An unknown young Gentleman possibly Mr. Chas Minicowe


With powdered hair, wearing a brown coat, white waistcoat ad tied cravat
set in the original gold frame with bright-cut border and blue glass border

George Engleheart (1750–1829) was one of the greatest English painters of portrait miniatures, and a contemporary of Richard Cosway, John Smart, William Wood, and Richard Crosse. His father was Francis Englehart (died 1773), a German plaster modeller who emigrated to England as a child; his mother was Anne Dawney. He had seven brothers. The family name was changed to Engleheart after his father died.

Engleheart entered the newly formed Royal Academy Schools on 3 November 1769. He was a pupil of George Barret, R.A., and of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engleheart started on his own account in 1773, and worked mainly in London for the whole of his career. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1773 to 1822. He kept a detailed fee book from 1775 to 1813, which included detailed sketches of his miniatures. during the period of 39 years covered by the fee book, no less than 4,853 miniatures are recorded as having been executed by him.

His fees ranged from 3 guineas in 1775, up to 25 guineas by 1811. His professional income for many years exceeded £1,200 per annum.

It has not been possible to ascertain the identity of the sitter with any certainty but he may be Mr. Chas Minicowe, who is recorded as having sat to Engleheart in 1790
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Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 10, 48 (#200).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
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