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Portrait miniatures; from the time of Holbein 1531 to that of Sir William Ross 1860  a handbook for collectors

Portrait miniatures; from the time of Holbein 1531 to that of Sir William Ross 1860 a handbook for collectors

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 Excerpt: ...At the latter place he died, "on the Steyne" it is said, although whether the reference is to a house so situated, or to the sudden death of the artist out of doors, is not known. He was buried in Brighton, and from the importance of his funeral seems to have been very much respected. As already mentioned his miniatures closely resemble those of Cosway in general style and colour; but there is a brilliance, an exuberance about them, coupled with hard, defined outline, wiriness of hair, and clear brightness of eye, that are marked and characteristic. By close examination it can even be detected that the two artists, master and pupil, had different methods of brushwork, Cosway's touch being free, easy, broad brushwork, and Plimer's much more stippling in character. There is one miniature belonging to H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge that was, it is believed, either commenced by Cosway and then laid aside, or left by him (perhaps after removal or death), in an unfinished condition, and then completed by Plimer. The two hands are quite discernible upon the ivory. It is perfectly easy to recognize with unfailing accuracy, by the treatment of the hair and the brilliant light of the eye, the work of Plimer. Perhaps the finest work of his that is known is one that belongs to Mr. Charles Wertheimer. Mr. Henry Drake has four lovely specimens; Lord Ilchester has many of peculiar beauty. A whole series, signed and dated, of the Clayton family belongs to Mr. John Moore Napier, a lovely one to Sir Matthew White Ridley, two beauties to Lady Sarah Spencer, and a very fine series to Mr. Whitehead, including one of the artist's aunt Miss Plimer. Nathaniel's portrait was exhibited at South Kensington in 1865 bya Mrs. Geddes, but it is not known to whom it now belongs. O...