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Ref CH1 Portrait Miniature of a Young Boy
Late 18th century watercolour portrait miniature set to an original gold ring within a glazed compartment. The execution of the miniature is in the style of Richard Crosse [1742 - 1810].
Crosse was born deaf and mute. but his artistic talent became apparent at the age of 16 when he won a premium at the newly created 'Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce' in London.
Despite being unable to hear or speak, Crosse was very successful and highly regarded by his distinguished clientele. His commissions included the Prince of Wales and members of the aristocracy. He painted his works mainly in watercolour.
Crosse never signed his portraits.
Richard Crosse, Miniaturist and Portrait-Painter
by Basil S. Long,
The Volume of the Walpole Society
[1928 -1929] :
rosse's miniature style is easily recognisable when one is accustomed to it. Generally there is a characteristic greenish or blueish gray tint on the hair and background and in the shading of the face and drapery .... The expression of the eyes, the little shadows under them and the outline of the mouth are other features to note. He was an excellent draughtsman and his miniatures are always well designed and restrained in treatment.
The ring is size K and 3/4 [US 5 and 3/8] and the head of the ring measures one inch by 3/4 of an inch. In immaculate condition.
The young boy in the portrait resembles the young Richard Colley Wellesley, later Marquess Wellesley. [See pen and ink sketch of Richard Colley Wellesley by Henry Bone, after Richard Crosse , 1767, in the National Portrait Gallery.]
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