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One of a pair of Portrait Miniatures of sisters 

James Scouler c.1740-1812

One of a pair of Portrait Miniatures of sisters, James Scouler
Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 1 in (26mm) high
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Gold frame.

Scottish born, Scoulerís father was a harpsichord maker in their native Edinburgh. He probably learned the art of miniature painting alongside his cousin, John Brown (1749-1787) under the tutorship of William Delacour. Moving to London in 1769, he exhibited at the Royal Academy (1769-1784) a variety of works. Alongside portrait miniatures he showed drawings in chalks and crayons and he also collected works by the great pastellists, including Rosalba Carriera and Hugh Douglas Hamilton.
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