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
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.