Catherine Inglis

By George Engleheart


A fine and well-provenanced miniature depicting Catherine Inglis wearing a white dress with a wide frilled collar and a pale blue bodice, the top of a bow visible on her corsage. Her curled and powdered hair falls over her shoulders and is decorated with a matching blue ribbon.

Watercolour on ivory set in a gold frame that is glazed on the reverse to reveal plaited light brown hair and engraved around the edge ‘Catherine Inglis Painted in 1790 in her 31st Year’. Excellent condition.

George Engleheart (1750-1829) is revered as one of the most talented miniaturists working in Georgian England. He kept meticulous records of his work that show that he painted close to 5,000 miniature portraits during his career. Mrs Inglis is listed as having sat for her portrait in 1790.

Item Ref. 5445

Size: 45 x 31mm

Provenance: Sotheby's 1980 ; Bonhams, Albion Collection 2004

Exhibited: Holburne Museum 1999 ; Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2000-2003

Literature: George Engleheart 1750-1829 by G. C. Williamson p. 102 ; Secret Passion to Noble Fashion by A. Sumner & R. Walker, 1999 no. 52