A fine miniature portrait by Jeremiah Meyer, painted in watercolor on organic wafer. The sitter, an attractive woman with long brown hair, is simply presented in a teal gown, with no jewelry or other distractions from her natural beauty.
The painting has no cracks, chips, bowing, or restoration. The brass case is in fine condition with an unimportant dent in the back. The overall size is 1 7/8" by 1 5/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Born in Germany, and brought to England in 1749, Jeremiah Meyer (1735-1789) is considered one of the finest miniaturists of the 18th century. A student of Zincke's, he exhibited at the Society of Artists, and in 1764 was appointed miniature painter to the Queen and Painter in Miniatures and Enamels to King George III. Among his work for the King was the king's portrait used for coinage. He was a founder member of the Royal Academy. His works are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum, the Ashmolean, the National Portrait Gallery, and others. Several examples are owned by Queen Elizabeth.