A watercolor miniature of an older gentleman, expertly painted, and signed at the lower right "AG 1800", by Alexander Gallaway. The blue-eyed subject, posed against a blue sky with wispy clouds, is wearing a blue jacket with brass buttons, a white shirt and vest, and a stock tied in a bow. The glazed reverse of the gilt brass case has fine hairwork consisting of interwoven plaits.
The condition of the case and painting is excellent, with no flaws. Sight size is 3" by 2 1/4", and the case size is 3 1/4" by 2 1/2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Very little is known about the Scottish artist Alexander Gallaway (active 1792 - 1812?). His clients ranged from the Scottish middle class to known people like the actor Richard Sheridan. Gallaway exhibited at the Society of Artists in Edinburgh in 1808, where he was working until 1812.
Now considered to be a very fine artist, his works are scarce, but examples are in the collections of the V & A, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and many private collections