Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of an unknown Lady, wearing white dress with frilled neckline and a black ribbon choker 

Andrew Plimer (c.1763-1837)

Portrait miniature of an unknown Lady, wearing white dress with frilled neckline and a black ribbon choker, Andrew Plimer
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 2 ½ in. (64mm.) high
 
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This portrait dates from early in Andrew Plimer’s career, possibly from just a few years after leaving the care of Richard Cosway and setting up a solo practice in 1785. His distinctive style was extremely popular and his clientele included the fashionable and the wealthy.

This portrait interestingly mimics the last phase of Thomas Gainsborough’s ouvre whilst retaining the unique ‘look’ of Plimer’s hand. It is possible that Plimer may have met Gainsborough and seen his work during his apprenticeship with Richard Cosway. The two artists were neighbours in Schomberg House in Pall Mall, which would have given Plimer the opportunity to study their working practices as well as noting their patrons.
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