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Portrait miniature of an Officer wearing the uniform of the 15th Regiment of Light Dragoons, The Kingís Hussars, his dark blue coat with silver lace and red facings 1800

Samuel Andrews (1767?-1807)

Portrait miniature of an Officer wearing the uniform of the 15th Regiment of Light Dragoons, The Kingís Hussars, his dark blue coat with silver lace and red facings, Samuel Andrews
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Watercolour on ivory
19th Century
Oval (76mm) 3in. high
 
Provenance:
By family descent
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An Irishman by birth, the artist Samuel Andrews arrived in Madras in 1791, moving in 1795 to the same house previously occupied by John Smart (1741-1811). He was certainly in Calcutta in the later 1790s, advertising that he would attend to all orders for miniatures. He died in Patna 1807.

John Smart was of great influence to Samuel Andrews and the two men must have shared client commissions as many of their works relate to each other. This portrait of an officer of the light dragoons, painted in 1800, shares many technical characteristics with Smartís work , as well as with the work of his son, John Smart junior (1776-1809). Both Andrews and Smart junior died within a few years of each other, bringing to a close Smartís artistic legacy in India.
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