Young Lady by John Field

Dated 1821

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A painted and finely bronzed silhouette of a young lady, Miss Galton, in a high-waisted dress with a square neckline trimmed with lace and a beaded necklace, her hair is arranged in short curls.

Painted on plaster, the reverse is inscribed in pencil ‘Miss El Galton / 15 Augt 1801’. The silhouette resides in the original red leather travelling case lined with cream silk.

There is a small area of restoration to the back of the head but this is only visible when viewing through a glass. The outside of the case is also worn with very slight bowing but the fastening hooks are both intact so it closes fine.

Ranking amongst the finest silhouette artists of his day, John Field began his career as an assistant to John Miers during the 1790s. Theirs was to be a long and prolific partnership lasting until the death of Miers in 1821 when the business was jointly willed to Field and Miers’ son William. Field excelled at bronzing and his work in this area was unequalled.

Item Ref. 5057

Size: 85 x 70mm