Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing a blue coat with gold buttons, blue striped white waistcoat, frilled chemise and tied cravat, his hair powdered and worn en queue. 

Thomas Day 

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing a blue coat with gold buttons, blue striped white waistcoat, frilled chemise and tied cravat, his hair powdered and worn en queue., Thomas Day
Zoom
Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 40mm (1 9/16ins) high
 
Provenance:
Christie’s 6 May 1975, Lot 60 English Private Collection.
Thomas Day was born in Devon studied the art of portrait miniature painting under Ozias Humphrey (1742-1810). Day had left Humphrey’s studio by 1772 and by 1778 he had exhibited two crayon portraits from an address in Romford, Essex. Day was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy between 1773-1788, only focussing his efforts on miniatures after 1778 and often exhibiting several in one frame at a time.

Stylistically, Day’s work draws influence from the leading miniaturist of the day, John Smart, insofar as his use of flesh tones is very similar and brushwork incredibly fine and precise.
Philip Mould Ltd, 18-19 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU.Copyright Philip Mould Ltd.