Miers Lady in Gold Frame
Presented here is a head and shoulders profile of a lady with short curly hair in a dress with a frilled neckline painted on ivory by John Miers. It is signed Miers under the bust-line and is set in a gold frame with a surround of plaited hair with foil-backed blue glass on the reverse.
Very good condition but with some dust under the glass.
Although he never trained professionally, John Miers (1758-1821) is considered to be the finest of the eighteenth century profilists. His career began in Leeds when he took over his father’s business as a coach-painter and gilder. Having recently married, Miers was keen to expand the business and, in addition to preparing and selling paints, he advertised profile shades in miniature for 2s. 6d. each. He clearly excelled at this from the start as within a few years this had become his main line of business and prompted Miers to move his family first to Edinburgh and eventually to London where he ran a busy and successful studio at the Strand.
Item Ref. 5434
Size: 39 x 29mm ; framed, 56 x 47mm + hanger