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A portrait miniature of a Field Officer of a British infantry regiment, wearing scarlet coat with black facings and gold lace c.1820

Attributed to Joseph Pastorini (c.1775-1839)

A portrait miniature of a Field Officer of a British infantry regiment, wearing scarlet coat with black facings and gold lace, Attributed to Joseph Pastorini
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Watercolour on ivory
19th Century
Oval, 31mm (1 3/8in)
 
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The size of this portrait, probably originally intended to be set into a piece of jewellery or a box, makes an artist’s attribution more difficult. The technique used here on such a small scale is, however, reminiscent of the work of Pastorini, who worked in London from 1795. The background hatching, using soft ‘sunset’ hues of pinks and orange are typical of Pastorini’s work.

The uniform of the officer leaves a few possibilities with regards to his regiment but he was almost certainly part of either the 58th (Rutlandshire), the 64th (2nd Staffordshire) or 70th (Glasgow Lowland) Regiment of Foot.

We are grateful to Christopher Bryant for his assistance when cataloguing this work
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