Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing blue coat and white waistcoat 

Andrew Plimer (c.1763-1837)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing blue coat and white waistcoat, Andrew Plimer
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 70mm. (2 3/4in.) high
 
Provenance:
Private Collection
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Andrew Plimer was the son of a Shropshire clock-maker. Together with his brother Nathaniel, he ran away to London, finding employment as manservant to the artist Richard Cosway. This was an extremely fortuitous position as it enabled Plimer to assist Cosway as his studio assistant. When his natural ability as a painter became obvious, Cosway taught him the techniques of miniature painting. By 1785, Plimer had set up his own studio in Great Maddox Street and in 1786 exhibited his first portrait miniature at the Royal Academy. This characterful portrait is typical of his later, slightly larger miniatures when he was fully established as a professional artist.
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