A beautiful portrait, by Gervase Spencer, of a striking young woman, painted in enamels on copper. Signed and dated "GS 1759" on the lower right. The subject of the painting, with brown hair and blue eyes, is clearly wealthy, attired in a blue gown with lace trim, and accessorized with pearl earrings, a pearl encrusted hair barrette, a pearl choker, and a long pearl necklace centered by a pearl, onyx and gold brooch. The case for this miniature has a gold bezel, deep (5/16") gilt silver sides, and a silver back.
The painting and the case are both in superb condition, with no issues. Sight size of the painting is 1 3/4" by 1 3/8", with a case size of 1 7/8" by 1 1/2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Gervase Spencer (c 1715 - 1763) started his professional life as a gentleman's servant but took up painting and became a popular miniaturist of his time, excelling in portraying pretty young women. It is not known who, if anyone, taught him. He exhibited at the Society of Artists in the 1761 to 1762 period and also had commissions from the royal family. Spencer died in London. His works are in most major museums, and represented in most top collections.