18th century portrait miniature of lady in white dress with powdered hair, watercolour on ivory
18th century portrait miniature of lady in white dress with powdered hair, watercolour on ivory
18th century portrait miniature of lady in white dress with powdered hair, watercolour on ivory

ANDREW PLIMER (1763-1837)

18th century portrait miniature of lady in white dress with powdered hair, watercolour on ivory

c. 1790 United Kingdom

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set in the original gold frame, the reverse with plaited brown hair

Andrew Plimer was a prolific artist, many of his sitters seem to look alike, this portrait however with soulful eyes captures the imagination.

Andrew and older brother Nathaniel trained as clockmakers but both ran away from home and travelled for over two years in Wales and the west of England with a troupe of Gypsies. About 1781 they settled in London where Andrew took up work as a manservant to Richard Cosway, who later trained him in portrait painting.

Plimer specialised in portrait miniatures. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1768 to 1810 and in 1819. His most famous painting is of the three daughters of Sir John Rushout. His brother Nathaniel Plimer also became a pupil of Cosway and a painter of miniatures.

Plimer married on 21 February 1801, Joanna Louisa, daughter of John and Frances Knight of Wicken, Northamptonshire. The couple had one son who died in infancy and four daughters. He died in Western Cottages, Western Road, Brighton, Sussex, in January 1837 aged 73 and was buried on 4 February at Old Hove.
Brown staining on the right hand side
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 11, 58 (#254)
Dimensions
Height 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Stock Code
4745
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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