A charming portrait, by Thomas Hargreaves, of a young boy dressed in the height of the fashion of the times, sporting a lace ruff, a dark blue jacket with three columns of gold buttons, and a wide silk sash. Housed in a round gold frame with cobalt blue glass on the reverse.
Condition of the painting and the case is excellent, with a diameter of 2 3/8". BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Thomas Hargreaves (1775–1846), born in Liverpool began painting miniatures at an early age, and on the advice of Sir Thomas Lawrence, who had seen some of his work, went to London in 1793. He bound himself by indenture to serve as apprentice to Lawrence at a salary of fifty guineas per annum for two years from March 1793, and remained with him some time longer. Ill-health compelled his return to Liverpool, where he devoted himself entirely to miniature painting. He exhibited at The Royal Academy in 1798, 1808 and 1809. In 1811 he became a member of the Liverpool Academy, and was a frequent contributor to its exhibitions. Hargreaves was an original member of the Society of British Artists and contributed to its exhibitions. He died at Liverpool in 1846, leaving three sons, all miniaturists.
Highly thought of, his works grace many important collections and museums.