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Regency portrait miniature of lady, painted in watercolour on ivory

The young lady wears a fashionable low cut white dress trimmed with gold and onyx jewels on the shoulders, her upswept hair reflects the fashion of the day
set in gold coloured frame with plaited hair on the reverse

Thompson Was born about 1780, and was probably a native of Belfast. He was admitted to the Dublin Society's drawing schools in 1796, and after going through his course started as a miniature painter in Belfast and Dublin. In 1801 he sent, from 17 Sackville Street, seven miniatures to the exhibition in the Parliament House, and eight the year following. An advertisement in 'Saunders' Newsletter' in October, 1802, says: 'Mr. Thompson, miniature painter, having returned from the north informs his friends and the public that he is now ready to attend their commands as usual.' In 1803 he was in Belfast, but for the next few years nothing is heard of him. In the interval he abandoned miniature painting, in which he had imitated the style of Comerford, and henceforth confined himself to portrait painting in oil. In 1809 he again appeared as an exhibitor, sending from Belfast a portrait in oil to the exhibition in Hawkins Street. In the following year he settled in Dublin where he acquired a good practice, painting many persons of distinction, and was a regular exhibitor in the Dublin Artists' Exhibitions until 1821.
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Year                 Circa 1810
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Provenance                 The Comerford collection
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 9, 37 (# 139)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Good
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