Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Young Girl 

James Nixon (1741-1812)

Portrait miniature of a Young Girl, James Nixon
Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, height 2 1/2 in, 60 mm
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James Nixon was an extremely talented miniaturist, with a highly sophisticated and largely aristocratic clientele. Despite this, his portrait miniatures are far more rare than his contemporaries and he was not financially successful . His works in miniature show an innate understanding of some of the great oil painters of the day, in particular Sir Joshua Reynolds. This ‘grand’ style of painting in miniature earned him commissions from many important sitters, including Joseph Farington, the Duchess of Rutland and the Duchess of Devonshire. He was also appointed limner to the Prince Regent.
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