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Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing a blue coat and white stock, his hair powdered 

Andrew Plimer (c.1763-1837)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing a blue coat and white stock, his hair powdered, Andrew Plimer
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Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 7.6cm (3 in) high.
 
Provenance:
Private Collection, USA.
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This unusually large portrait miniature by Andrew Plimer fits into the artistís second phase of work and clearly demonstrates the bold, dynamic technique of hatching which is so characteristic of Plimerís style post 1790.

Born in Shropshire and apprenticed to a clockmaker, Andrew and his brother Nathaniel purportedly ran away, arriving in London in 1781 where Andrew found employment as a manservant in the household of Richard Cosway. Cosway, who by this point was a highly regarded portrait miniaturist, allowed Plimer to take lessons in painting, and a few years later in 1785 Plimer established his own practice. By the next year Plimer was exhibiting at the Royal Academy from an address in Golden Square, then a fashionable part of London, where he appears to have remained until 1810. In 1835 he retired to Brighton with his family where he died two years later.
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