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A fine portrait of Walter Robertson (c. 1750-1802), the brother of the artist

£ 4,000

with powdered hair en queue, wearing a brown coat, white waistcoat and tied stock

Walter studied at the Dublin's Society's School of Figure Drawing which he entered in 1765. He established himself as a miniaturist in Dublin between 1768-84 and was in London between 1784 and 1792.

As a friend of the American painter Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) he visited America in 1793. Stuart and Robertson took sittings together for patrons eager for a full-scale oil portrait, from Stuart, and a matching miniature from Robertson. The following year he was commissioned to paint a miniature of George Washington which was engraved several times. In 1795 he went to India where he died in 1802.

There is a slightly larger miniature of Walter by Charles in the National Gallery of Ireland
More Information
Year                 circa 1775
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Literature                 Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 27 Number 38, illustrated in colour p. 35

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately publi
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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