Miers. Two finely painted profiles of ladies, circa 1800, by John Miers (1756-1821)


John Miers [1756 – 1821]. Two typically finely painted profile portraits of ladies in papier maché frames, the larger 6½ x 5½ ins, the other 6 x 5 ins. The right hand portrait retains most of the original artist’s London label to the reverse. Miers was born in Leeds and early in his career worked in Edinburgh for some time. He achieved very considerable success with his fine silhouette profiles painted on fine white plaster, which gives them a brilliance which has survived two centuries. He moved to London in around 1788 and established a studio there in the Strand attracting the fashionable gentry and aristocracy of late Georgian and Regency society. One of our illustrations shows a complete example of Miers’ London label from an example painted in 1806 in a private collection. Although there is no naming they came together and good well be mother and daughter and we have decided to offer them together.        mar11/2

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