A good miniature portrait of a older gentleman, with the artist having cleverly displayed the wrinkles of age. He is dressed simply in the style of the time, wearing a wig, a white stock, and a gray coat. The condition of the painting is excellent, and the papier mache frame is also in good condition but with a nick at the top right edge. The sight size is 2 1/2" by 2", with a framed size of 4 5/8" by 4".
NOTE: We are frequently asked how one goes about determining when a painting was done. Many factors go into making such a decision, including the type casework, the substrate, artifacts within the painting (such as furniture, lighting, etc), hair styles and clothing, etc. Of course, one has to be careful not to be misled by posthumous paintings or copies of earlier works.
The painting offered here is a good example of how two of the factors mentioned, hair and clothing, can narrow down the date:
1. The toupee is of a pigeon wing type, where the foretop and sides are smooth but each side has one or two stiff horizontal curves, known as buckles, projecting above each ear.
2. The white stock forms a wide neck band without and bows.
3. The jacket has a flat collar and no lapels.
The above lead to the conclusion that the painting was done in the 1760 to 1770 period.