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Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing scarlet fur-trimmed coat, blue waistcoat and lace cravat, his hair powdered 

Ozias Humphry RA (1742-1810)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing scarlet fur-trimmed coat, blue waistcoat and lace cravat, his hair powdered, Ozias Humphry RA
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 45mm (1 ¾ in.) high
 
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This portrait dates from Humphry’s early career, painted while he was still running a successful establishment in London, prior to his departure to India. Humphry’s close relationship with the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds influenced not only his career but his style. Encouraged by Reynolds to leave Bath and set up in London, Humphry became the ‘Reynolds in little’, providing clients with beautiful miniatures in the style and sensibility of the most fashionable oil portraitist of the day.

After a time in India (1785-1787) which left Humphry disillusioned by colonial life, he returned once again to London. When his sight began to fail in the early 1790s, he worked in crayons, becoming official portrait painter in crayons to King George III. He died in 1810 in Bedford Square, London.
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