Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat and white tied cravat 

Andrew Robertson (1777-1845)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat and white tied cravat, Andrew Robertson
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 74mm. (2 7/8in.) high
 
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Original gold frame, the reverse with blue glass border surrounding an aperture glazed to reveal plaited hair.

Charles Robertson was a gifted artist from an early age. A jewellerís son, born in Dublin, his earliest work was intricate hair designs which he exhibited in 1768/9. His brother Walter Robertson (d.1801) was also probably his teacher and the two lived together for some time. He worked in London 1785-1792, exhibiting at the RA from 1790-1810. He died in his native Dublin. This portrait is typical of his style, particularly the blue shading around the eyes. Being from a family of well-known jewellers, Robertsonís frames are usually of high quality, this example being no exception.

Robertson's work table and his portrait of his elder brother are in the collection of The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
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