Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman in a grey coat, c.1816 

Samuel Jackson (1794-1869)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman in a grey coat, c.1816, Samuel Jackson
Watercolour on paper
18th Century
4 1/2 x 4 1/8 in (11.5 x 10.5 cm)
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Samuel Jackson was a pupil of F. Danby, A.R.A., in Bristol, and was primarily known for his landscapes. He exhibited at the British Institution, as well as the Old Watercolour Society, where he was made an Associate from 1823-1848. He travelled widely, visiting Egypt and the West Indies. His other known miniatures include portraits of Princess Charlotte of Wales and Lady Georgiana Dover, and are found at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

This work is a large portrait miniature of a young gentleman wearing a grey coat with pale grey frogging and a white cravat. The artist has used a soft grey outline to articulate the figure, while the face is given liveliness through the use of hatched pink strokes. Set against a plain white background, this is a modest, yet engaging portrait. The limited palette and the spontaneous quality of the artistís line may suggest that this was an informal portrait, perhaps of a friend.
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