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Portrait miniature of a Highland Officer, wearing scarlet coat with tartan sash, white cross belt with silver belt plate (bearing crown), gold epaulettes and black feather bonnet with diced band and white and red feather plume 

Attributed to John Cox Dillman Engleheart (1783-1862)

Portrait miniature of a Highland Officer, wearing scarlet coat with tartan sash, white cross belt with silver belt plate (bearing crown), gold epaulettes and black feather bonnet with diced band and white and red feather plume, Attributed to John Cox Dillman Engleheart
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Watercolour
18th Century
Rectangular, 4 in (108 mm) high
 
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The dramatic pose of the Highland officer in this miniature owes much to the portrait of Sir Banastre Tarleton (1754-1833) in the 1782 portrait of him by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92).

This work bears all the characteristics of the work of John Cox Dillman Engleheart, nephew of George Engleheart. After working with his uncle from the age of fourteen, copying many of his miniatures but also developing his own style, he first exhibited at the Royal Academy at the age of eighteen. Working only into his mid-forties, he still managed to exhibit a total of 157 works at the Academy. He was an extremely successful artist, whose career was cut short by ill health.
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