A beautiful Samuel Cotes miniature painted in watercolor on organic wafer. The sitter was an officer in the First Royal Dragoons, first raised in 1661, making it one of the oldest cavalry regiments in British Army history. It served in many campaigns until 1969, when it was merged into The Blues and Royals.
The portrait is in a gold case which has been mounted on a 10K gold Victorian bracelet. The bracelet comes with its original blue silk lined leather case. The miniature, the case, and the bracelet are all in excellent condition, with no flaws. The case size is 1 3/8" by 1 1/8". The interior size of the bracelet is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Samuel Cotes (1734 - 1818) was born in London to the former mayor of Galway. He was brought up by his father to be in the medical profession, but was influenced by his brother Francis Cotes's success as one of the leading portrait painters to take up art under his tutelage, specializing in miniature portraits.
Cotes exhibited his miniatures at the Society of Artists from 1760 and at the Royal Academy from 1769 to 1789. Cotes retired to his home in Chelsea (London) several years before his death. Examples of his work are in the V & A Museum.
NOTE: Identification of the uniform was possible because of the generous help of Christopher Bryant, independent scholar specializing in portraiture and uniforms.