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Portrait miniature of a young Gentleman, wearing blue coat with black collar, white waistcoat and frilled cravat, his hair powdered and worn en queue, seascape background with a fleet of boats. 

Charles Hayter (1761-1835)

Portrait miniature of a young Gentleman, wearing blue coat with black collar, white waistcoat and frilled cravat, his hair powdered and worn en queue, seascape background with a fleet of boats., Charles Hayter
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Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 66mm. (2 5/8ins.) high
 
Provenance:
The Frederick Joachim Collection, part II; Christie's, South Kensington, 2 May 1995, lot 182 English Private Collection.
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Charles Hayter was born in Twickenham, entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1786 aged twenty-four and exhibiting one-hundred and thirteen portrait miniatures at the RA from the year he arrived until 1832.

Hayter was a master in numerous disciplines although focussing predominantly on portraiture which he executed in crayons, pencil and watercolour on ivory. Hayter was clearly academically acute as well as artistically gifted, and in 1813 published his first book An Introduction to Perspective and his second later in 1828 titled A New Practical Treatise on Three Primary Colours. It was no doubt as a result of his publicly broadcasted knowledge on the subject that Hayter was appointed teacher of perspective to Princess Charlotte.

Although at present unknown, the sitter in this work obviously had ties to maritime activity given the inclusion of a fleet of ships in the background. It is doubtful that he was a Naval personnel due to his lack of uniform and was most likely involved in trade.
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