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A Beautiful Mary Ann Knight Portrait Miniature c1820


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Miniatures: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1449724

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A miniature portrait painting, watercolor on natural wafer, done by Mary Ann Knight at her best. The sitter is a very young woman with large and contemplative grayish-blue eyes and long brown hair with a jeweled ornament. She is dressed in the Grecian style in a blue gown with low decolletage topped with a draped diaphanous yellow scarf with a centered brooch. Adding a wonderful enhancement to the mythic feel of this charming work is the lyre held by the sitter.

The painting is in excellent condition with no issues or problems. The sight size is 3" by 2 1/2". The original gilt metal case with a burgundy velvet reverse is 3 1/2" by 2 7/8".

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Mary Ann Knight (1776 - 1851) was born in London and began painting miniatures around 1802, ending in 1836. She was a pupil of Andrew Plimer, who then married Mary Ann's sister. Knight exhibited over 30 works at the Royal Academy, and her work is now in various museums.