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Portrait miniature of an Old Lady wearing a lace bonnet tied beneath her chin and a black shawl 

George Engleheart (1750/3-1829)

Portrait miniature of an Old Lady wearing a lace bonnet tied beneath her chin and a black shawl, George Engleheart
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Watercolour on ivory
17th Century
Oval, 42mm. (1 5/8 in.) high
 
Provenance:
Daphne Foskett collection.
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George Engleheart is considered to be one of the most distinguished miniaturists of the late Georgian period alongside Cosway, Smart and Humphry, and was one of the most prolific miniaturists ever known.

Born in Kew, the son of a German plaster modeler, he studied at the Royal Academy Schools under Reynolds and the landscape painter George Barret. Engleheartís skill and industry as a miniaturist appealed to George III, and in 1789 he was appointed Miniature Painter to the King. He painted at least twenty-five portraits of the King and many others of the royal family. He spent most of his career working in London where he built up an excellent reputation.
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