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A portrait miniature of the Hon. Hercules Langford Taylor (Taylour) (1759-1790) 

Charles Robertson (1760-1821)

A portrait miniature of the Hon. Hercules Langford Taylor (Taylour) (1759-1790), Charles Robertson
Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 65mm. (2 9/16 in.) high
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Original gold frame, the edge inscribed ‘Hercules Langford Taylor/ ob.8th May 1790 agd 30 years/ LET ME EVER BE REMEMBERED’ the reverse with plaited hair design with inscription around edge reading: ‘THE BODY IS RETURNED TO GOD WHO GAVE IT’.

Charles Robertson was a gifted artist from an early age. A jeweller’s son, born in Dublin, his earliest work was intricate hair designs which he exhibited in 1772-4, exhibiting miniatures for the first time at the tender age of fifteen. His brother Walter Robertson (d.1801) was also probably his teacher and the two lived together for some time. He worked in London 1785-1792, exhibiting at the RA from 1790-1810. He died in his native Dublin.

Hercules Langford Taylour was the second son of Irish peer Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective and Hon. Jane Rowley. Taylour was a Member of the Irish Parliament for Kells between 1781 and 1783 and again between 1785 and his death in 1790 in collaboration with his father. As was also common for the second son of a nobleman, Taylour entered the army, where he attained the rank of Major in the 5th Dragoon Guards.
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