Continuing my series on miniatures, today I am posting about a recent addition to my collection. It is a miniature portrait of an Englishman, painted on ivory. Based on the sitter's clothing and the frame, which I believe is original, I date it to the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
The subject of the portrait is identified on the reverse as a "Mr. Travers," but that is all I know of him. It is unsigned. I found it in an antiques shop owned by a family of pickers in the town near Darlington. We've had good luck with these dealers before, as they were the source of the painting of Robert Burns that I posted about last year, among other things that we now own.
I was attracted to the miniature of Mr. Travers because I thought it was exceedingly well painted. I also liked the fact that the sitter is posed in an attenuated, three-quarter pose, and he is staring at us with deep blue eyes and with what appears to be an intelligent and clever expression. His features are refined. I encourage you, Dear Reader, to double click on the image to get a better view of how well he is painted. I particularly like the artist's handling of Mr. Travers' stylishly tousled hair and rakish sideburns, so favored in the Regency. He is dressed fashionably in the severe style favored by Beau Brummel. The painting is framed in a black papier-mâché frame similar to the one on the miniature portrait of the China Trade merchant that I posted about in February, when I inaugurated this series.
For now I am displaying my miniature portrait of Mr. Travers on a simple easel on my bedroom chest of drawers at Darlington House, where I am pleased to see him watching me as I go about my daily routines.
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Photograph by Boy Fenwick