Coming of Age

Henry Jacob Burch


Deftly rendered in muted tones, this portrait shows a blushing teenage girl traditionally dressed in a high-waisted muslin dress with a lace-edged neckline, her brown hair fashionably cropped.

Painted by Henry Burch around 1810, the portrait is in fine condition and is set in what appears to be the original hinged gold-plated frame that is enclosed on the back.

The son of an artist, Henry Jacob Burch was born in 1762 and so was seventeen years old when he entered the Royal Academy Schools. He married Elizabeth Beresford in December 1784 at the Parish Church of St Marylebone. The land tax records of 1789 list him as a seal engraver working with an apprentice in Soho so miniature painting may not have been his main source of income. He exhibited miniatures between 1787 and 1834 and is particularly well noted for his sensitive portrayal of children.

Item Ref. 7065

Size: framed, 86 x 73mm