The Straw Bonnet
This finely painted portrait shows a blushing young lady in a classical décolleté gown, her long blonde curls topped with a straw bonnet trimmed with brown ribbon. Little diamond earrings are her only jewellery. This styling of a young lady looking demure in a straw bonnet was a favoured pose that Plimer returned to on several occasions.
The portrait is set in a gold frame with a fausse-montre hanger and a glazed aperture on the reverse that reveals plaited blonde hair.
Andrew Plimer (1763-1837) was the son of a Shropshire clockmaker, a trade he and his older brother were expected to assume to. Instead the two boys ran away, eventually reaching London where Andrew had the good fortune to be taken on as a valet to the famed miniature painter Richard Cosway who, recognising the young man’s artistic talent, arranged painting lessons for him. Plimer set up his own studio in 1785 and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1786 and 1830.
Item Ref. 5864
Size: framed, 73 x 60mm + hanger