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Portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman, 1818 

John Burgess (b. c.1783)

Portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman, 1818, John Burgess
19th Century
Oval, 3 1/16 in (79 mm) high
Bonhams, Fine Portrait Miniatures, 24th May 2006, lot 153
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Burgess began his career in his native Ireland and was elected to be a member of the Irish Society of Artists. In 1813 he shifted his attention towards London and in 1813, at the age of thirty, he entered the R.A. schools. His portrait miniatures are extremely rare but beautifully painted and reminiscent of the best miniaturists of the early 19th century, including Andrew Robertson M.A..
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