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Late 18th century portrait miniature of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) painted in watercolour on ivory

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in blue coat with gold buttons, red waistcoat
signed with initials and dated A.G. 1796, in gilt-metal frame, the reverse with central panel of plaited hair within purple glass surround

Sheridan was an Irish satirist, a playwright and poet, and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for Scandal, The Duenna, and A Trip to Scarborough. He was also a Whig MP for 32 years in the British House of Commons for Stafford (1780-1806), Westminster (1806-1807), and Ilchester (1807-1812). He is buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. His plays remain a central part of the canon and are regularly performed worldwide.

Gallaway was first mentioned in 1794 as a co-owner of Drawing Academy of Glasgow. Examples of his works can be viewed in Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Scottish National Museum (Edinburgh), and Ward Usher Museum (Lincoln).
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Year                 1796.
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory,
Signed                 signed with initials and dated
Provenance                 Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, 27 June 1957, lot 858
Ernst Holzscheiter Collection, Meilen, part I Sotheby's, London, 28 March 1977, lot 37
Literature                 D Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, London, 1979,I p. 283, illustrated II pl. 121. no 327
D. Foskett, Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide, Woodbridge, 1987, p. 545
Condition                 Good
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