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Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, 1794 

Alexander Gallaway (fl.c.1794-1812)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, 1794, Alexander Gallaway
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Watercolour
18th Century
68mm high
 
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Very little is known about the artist Gallaway and in fact this portrait miniature dates from the first evidence of his practice an advertisement in the Glasgow Courier in the summer of 1794. Although he was clearly an excellent miniaturist, his works are relatively scarce. His sitters varied greatly from the emerging Scottish middle classes to personalities such as the actor Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Other examples of his work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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