Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of an Officer, possibly a member of the Lindsell family wearing a uniform resembling that of the 2nd (or Queens) Dragoon Guards 

James Heath Millington (1799-1872)

Portrait miniature of an Officer, possibly a member of the Lindsell family wearing a uniform resembling that of the 2nd (or Queens) Dragoon Guards, James Heath Millington
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Watercolour on ivory
19th Century
Oval, 3 in. (75 mm.) high, gold locket frame
 
Portrait miniatures by Millington are rare, although extant examples show him to have been an excellent artist. His role as curator of the school of painting at the Royal Academy and his diversion into oil painting may have left him little time for portrait miniature commissions. His miniatures certainly show the influence of William Etty whom he would have known as a fellow pupil in the Royal Academy schools.

This fine portrait would have been painted in London early in his career (in fact, Millington would have been only 21 years old), just prior to his return to his native Cork. After setting up as a miniaturist in Cork, he then moved to Dublin before enrolling himself in the RA schools in 1826. Unsurprisingly, he won several prizes at the schools, including a silver medal and continued to exhibit at the RA, BI and SBA throughout his life. He died in London in 1872.
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