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Portrait miniature of a young Girl, wearing white dress, the bodice looped with buttons and lilac-coloured sash, 1770s 

George Engleheart (1750/3-1829)

Portrait miniature of a young Girl, wearing white dress, the bodice looped with buttons and lilac-coloured sash, 1770s, George Engleheart
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 35mm (1.4 ins.) high
 
George Engleheart is considered to be one of the most distinguished miniaturists of the late Georgian period alongside Cosway, Smart and Humphry, and was one of the most prolific miniaturists ever known. This portrait of a young girl was probably painted during the mid-1770s and demonstrates his skill at capturing the delicate features of a young child. Engleheart painted many beguiling portraits of his own children, some of which are still in the possession of the family.

Born in Kew, the son of a German plaster modeler, he studied at the Royal Academy Schools under Reynolds and the landscape painter George Barret. Engleheartís skill and industry as a miniaturist appealed to George III, and in 1789 he was appointed Miniature Painter to the King. He painted at least twenty-five portraits of the King and many others of the royal family. He spent most of his career working in London where he built up an excellent reputation.
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