A striking and strongly limned Andrew Plimer miniature portrait of Edward Buller Hicks, of the Royal Navy. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1812, and this portrait was most likely done at that time. In a later ebonized wood frame which nicely complements the piece. Both the painting and the frame are in excellent condition with no issues. Sight size is 2 7/8" by 2", and the framed size is 6 3/4" by 5 3/4".
Provenance: Elle Shushan and then to a NY collector.
Notes: 1. Edward Buller Hicks was born in September, 1792 and died in Newport, Isle of Wight in February, 1845. He served in the Royal Navy and was made a Lieutenant in 1812. He was the younger brother of Thomas Bickerton Ashton Hicks, a Commander in the Royal Navy.
Andrew Plimer was born in Shropshire, England in 1763, the son of a clockmaker. He and his brother apprenticed in that trade, but did not enjoy it and reputedly ran away and joined a band of gypsies for several years. Andrew then worked for Richard Cosway, who instructed him in painting. He went off on his own in 1785, and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1786 and 1830. He married in 1801, died in Brighton in 1837, and was survived by only one of his 5 children.
Plimer's works can be found in most major museums, including the V and A, the Ashmolean, and the Fitzwilliam.