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A gorgeous portrait miniature of an unknown gentleman in a blue trimmed coat and his wearing his powdered hair “en cue”. It is painted in watercolor and housed in a gilt metal pendant frame. A glass lens covers the portrait to the front and the reverse is a panel of mother of pearl.
Richard Crosse was born in Devonshire in the 1740s. He was born deaf and mute and took up miniature painting as a hobby. In 1758 at the age of 16, he was awarded a premium for drawing by the society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, which motivated him to relocate to London to hone his skills further. He studied at Shipley’s Drawing School and the Duke of Richmond’s gallery. In 1789 he was appointed Painter in enamel to King George III. He died in Devonshire at the age of 68.
Richard Crosse’s work is found in the collections of The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections throughout the world.
Condition: There are some minor chips to the side of the glass panel. This can be rectified by having the glass replaced. The mother of pearl panel on the reverse has scratches. These issues reflect in the price of the piece.
Metal: Gilt Metal
Age: C. 1770s
Dimensions: excluding bail the miniature is 1 3/16” x 1 7/16”
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