A fine painting of a youth, signed and dated "P. Jean 1789" on the right side. The sitter is dressed in a red jacket with a white ruff. The reverse of the gold case has interwoven plaits of hair under glass.
There are no condition issues with the painting or the case. The discoloration along the top of the painting is light reflection. The size is 2" by 1 1/2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Philippe Jean (1755-1802)was born in Saint Ouen, Jersey, the son of Nicholas Jean and Marie Grandin. He was at first in the English Royal Navy, serving under Admiral Rodney, but later devoted himself to painting. He was chiefly a miniaturist, yet also worked with oils.
While settled in London, Jean painted portraits of many members of the British Royal Family, including George III, Queen Charlotte, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and their children. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1787 to 1802. Amongst other collections, his works belong to the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, and Windsor Castle.
Jean married twice and had 6 children, one of whom became a miniaturist. Jean died in Hempstead, Kent.