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Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing a white dress with blue ribbon tied at the waist and frilled collar, with white hat lined with blue and tied with a blue ribbon, her hair worn long with falling ringlets 

Frederick Buck (1771-c.1839)

Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing a white dress with blue ribbon tied at the waist and frilled collar, with white hat lined with blue and tied with a blue ribbon, her hair worn long with falling ringlets, Frederick Buck
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Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 57mm (2 Ľ in) high
 
In a period locket frame, the outside edge engraved with decorations and the reverse glazed to reveal plaited hair design with cursvive initials ‘JW’.


The remarkable colouring combined with the conspicuous display of fashion make this work one of the more interesting examples of Buck’s prodigious output.

Buck was born in Ireland and studied at the Dublin Society Schools before establishing a practice in Cork. By this point Cork was a very busy port and Buck’s portraits were in high demand from family members wanting a visual record of their sons and husbands before they departed to war. His prolific output meant that quality was not always maintained and some of his sitter’s heads sit quite uncomfortably due to his practice of adding them to already prepared bodies.

Although the sitter is currently unidentified, she was clearly someone who knew how to dress herself in complimentary colours with her deep blue eyes echoed in her bold blue attire.

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