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A portrait miniature of a young Gentleman

£ 2,000

Artist: Samuel Shelley

Wearing a blue coat with gold buttons and black collar, white waistcoat and red vest, frilled lace cravat
Signed in full on the reverse with the address 6 George Street, Henrietta Square, set in the original gold frame the reverse with glazed aperture to reveal the signature within a gold mount and ivory border

Shelley was for the most part self-taught as an artist. His first exhibition was at the Society of Artists in 1773, on 21 March the following year he entered the Royal Academy Schools (his age recorded as 17),[1] where he became influenced by the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds. During his career Shelley painted in oil, illustrated books, and engraved several of his own works, but he's most particularly remembered for his watercolour miniature portraits. During his lifetime he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and the British Institute.

In The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 104, in the year 1808 it is recorded that Samuel Shelley died in his house at George Street, Hanover Square, the address found on the reverse of this miniature, "of the first eminence as a miniature painter" .
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Year                 circa 1800
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed in full on the reverse with the address George Street, Henrietts Square
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 12, 63 (# 286r & 286v).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Condition                 Fine
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