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Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing a red jacket with white embroidered shirt, 1782 

John Bogle 1769-1804

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing a red jacket with white embroidered shirt, 1782, John Bogle
Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 1 1/8 inches, (2.9cm)
Bonhams, London, ‘The Merchiston Collection of Fine Portrait Miniatures’, 29th November 2009, lot.21, when sold for £16,200.
Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 1999, p.58; Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.36-7 and 63, ill.pl.11
‘Raeburn’s Rival: Archibald Skirving 1749-1819’, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 22nd January-5th April 1999, no.33. ‘Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection’, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23rd September – 11th December 2005, n.26
Bogle was born in Scotland and studied at the drawing school in Glasgow before focussing his attention on portrait miniature painting, establishing himself first in Edinburgh and then in London. Bogle’s mother, Mary Graham, was from a titled family and when Bogle’s uncle, known as the ‘Beggar Earl of Monteith’, died Bogle had the opportunity of claiming the title, although declined. Bogle was clearly amongst society’s elite whilst in London and he is recorded to have accompanied Fanny Burney, the well-known playwright and novelist, to the trial of Warren Hastings of whom she was a steadfast supporter. Bogle exhibited at the Royal Academy 1772-1794, returning to Edinburgh in 1800 where he died three years later.

Bogle’s work can be incredibly detailed, as seen in the sitter’s embroidered shirt, and he worked in very fine and delicate stippling technique which gives his sitter’s faces an almost soft-focus effect.
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