An excellently painted miniature portrait of a gentleman, rendered by Thomas Richmond in watercolor on organic wafer. The sitter, with powdered hair, is attired in a black coat, matching waistcoat, and a frilled white shirt and stock.
Presented in a gilt metal frame, with printed interior scene on the reverse. The condition is excellent, with strong colors and no issues. Any white specks in the photo are dust motes. The overall size is 2 5/8" by 2".
It should be mentioned that Richmond signed only some of his works, and many of his unsigned pieces have been attributed to Engleheart.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Thomas Richmond (1771 - 1837) was the son of Thomas Richmond who was "groom of the stables" to the Duke of Gloucester, and later the owner of the Coach and Horses at Kew, where the artist was born in 1771. His mother, Ann Bone, was a cousin of George Engleheart. Thomas became Engleheart's pupil, and was employed by the royal family to copy miniatures by Engleheart and Richard Cosway. He also copied, in miniature, many of the portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the royal collection.
In later years Richmond lived in the Mayfair section of London. From 1795 to 1825 he exhibited forty-six miniatures at the Royal Academy. His works are in many major collections.