A wonderfully painted miniature portrait of a handsome young man. He is attired in a white shirt, stock, and vest, with a royal blue jacket adorned with gold buttons. The painting is so carefully done that even the embossed design on the buttons was rendered.
The gold case is also a work of art in its own right, with the front having a carefully selected row of pearls surrounding the painting, and the reverse having a wide border of woven hair between the case edge and an interior gold oval.
The condition of the painting and the case is excellent, with no issues. The overall size is 2 7/8" by 2 3/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: William Grimaldi (1751 - 1830) was born in England and was the son of Alexander Grimaldi and the great-grandson of the artist Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, the heir and representative of the noble Genoese family of Grimaldi. William was the nephew of the artist Thomas Worlidge and was apprenticed to him. On completing his apprenticeship Grimaldi started his life as a miniaturist, practising exclusively in water colors up to 1785, when he did some work with enamels. From 1777 to 1783 he was in Paris and attracted the notice of Sir Joshua Reynolds, many of whose works he copied in miniature. Reynolds recommended him to many persons of distinction, including the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. In 1790 he was appointed enamel painter to the Duke of York, in 1791 to the Duchess of York, and in 1804 to the Prince of Wales. Grimaldi often exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1786 to 1824. He died and was buried in London. Many world museums display his works.