The Mob Cap
Shown in profile against an atmospheric background, this young lady – probably still in her teens – wears a daringly low-cut cross-over gown trimmed with cornflower blue ribbon. Her coiffured ringlets are topped with a large mob cap in a style that became popular during the late 1780s.
In fine condition, the portrait is housed in the original gold frame with foiled blue glass reverse.
The younger son of an Irish silversmith, Frederick Buck (1765-1840) was a prolific and resourceful artist working mostly in his native Cork where his sitters comprised the local gentry and the passing military. He married twice and had at least eight children.
Item Ref. 9133J
Size: framed, 62 x 49mm
Provenance: UK Private Collection