A fine miniature portrait of a pretty young child, done in watercolors on organic material by William Egley. The case has hallmarks for 9K London gold and a maker's mark for G.S. Both the case and the painting are in excellent condition with no problems. The size is 1 5/16" by 1 1/16".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: William Egley (1798–1870), was born in Doncaster, England, and moved shortly after to Nottingham. Originally working in a publishing house and bookshop, he had developed an interest in painting and, without any professional teaching, he succeeded in finishing two pictures, the portraits of Colonel Ogleby and of Richard Yates, the actor, which were received and exhibited by the Royal Academy in 1824. From that time until 1869 he was a constant exhibitor, sending, in all, over 100 miniatures to the Academy exhibitions, two pictures to the British Institution, and 6 to the Suffolk Street Gallery. He was twice married, and by his first wife left a son, William Maw Egley, a painter of historical subjects and a regular exhibitor.
Egley was very successful in portraying children, and he was always in high demand. His works are in the collections of many museums.