A fine miniature painting of a handsome young man attired in a dark blue jacket with black velvet lapels, a white stock and gray vest. Signed lower right "J.T." for John Turmeau. The miniature is in a gilt metal case, the elaborate reverse of which has a lock of hair with a faux pearl circlet and a cobalt glass shield, the whole displayed on a worked foil background, all under glass.
The condition of the miniature is quite good, with some craquelure showing on the jacket. The case has a raised area where the hanging loop is. The case size is 2 7/8" by 2 3/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: John Turmeau (1777-1846) was born in London to a Huguenot family, with both his father and grandfather being artists. John studied at the Royal Academy and exhibited miniatures there as early as 1794. At some point prior to 1836 he moved to Liverpool and exhibited at the Liverpool Academy. His work was considered as being at the "highest level of finish, colour, and good drawing." Examples of his miniatures are in the V and A and many other museums.