Portrait Miniature of a Child with Auburn Hair before a Blue Sky of White Floating Clouds

Late 19th Century

Medium: watercolour on ivory, set in a gilt metal case

H 4 cm


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The portrait depicts a young child, with wavy auburn hair worn short. The sitter is presented before a blue background and surrounded by light white floating clouds, a style known to have been popularised by the leading portrait miniaturist Richard Cosway RA (1742-1821) in the eighteenth century.  Set within its original gilded metal case, decorated with floral motifs.