A well painted miniature portrait done by Charles Robertson. The subject is a bewigged blue-eyed gentleman of striking visage, posed in a blue and gold jacket. The miniature is presented in a silver case with silver scrollwork. The reverse of the case has the impressed mark "L.V".
The condition of the painting and the case is excellent. Sight size is 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", with an overall case size of 2 1/4" by 1 1/2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Charles Robertson (c1760-1821)was born in Dublin and displayed artistic talent at 9 years of age, exhibiting hairwork at the Dublin Society of Artists. By the age of 15 he was exhibiting miniatures. He lived in London from 1785 to 1792, and in 1806, and exhibited at The Royal Academy from 1790 to 1810. Robertson very rarely signed any of his portraits, which are avidly sought after. Examples of his work are in the V and A, the Fitzwilliam, the National Gallery, and the Metropolitan museums.
Charles was the younger brother of Walter Robertson (see item a1579 on this site), who painted in Dublin and the U.S., and was a close friend and colleague of Gilbert Stuart.