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A portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman

£ 3,500

Artist: William Wood

Wearing a blue coat, white waistcoat and red vest, a large white tied cravat
set in the original gold frame with plaited hair border, the reverse with vari coloured locks of hair formed as wheat sheaf tied with seed pearls within gold mount and blue glass border

Suffolk born, Wood entered the Royal Academy schools to begin his formal training in 1785 at the age of sixteen. Little is known about his apprenticeship years but he was quickly established in the profession of miniature painting. It is possible that he is the 'William Wood' exhibiting at the Royal Academy as early as 1788 and was a regular exhibitor throughout his career. He strived to improve the status of portrait miniatures and watercolour portraits and to have such works recognised as 'high art'. In 1807, for example, he was a founder member of the 'New Society of Painters in Miniature and Watercolour'. This society was established to rival the watercolour exhibiting societies, which were dominated by landscape artists.
More Information
Year                 circa 1795
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 12, 64 (# 289).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Condition                 Excellent
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