A late 18th century posthumous portrait miniature of Lieutenant Richard Webb (1755-1779) on ivory

Artist/Maker ALEXANDER GALLAWAY (worked 1794-1812)
Dimensions 7.00cm high   
Description Lieutenant Richard Webb (1755-1779) wearing scarlet coat with blue facings and gold epaulette, white sword belt with gold plate
Signed with initials on the obverse and dated 1797, set in the original gold frame with engraved reverse and split pearl border

Gallaway was a Scottish artist about whom little is known. He exhibited at the Society of Artists, Edinburgh, 1808, where he is known to have been working up until 1812. His miniatures are well painted and his work is scarce.

Richard was the son of John Webb Esq. of Powerlands. A Lieutenant in the 9th Regiment of Foot, Richard was fatally wounded in a skirmish between British and French forces in 1779, resulting in his premature death aged just twenty-four years old. This portrait was painted posthumously after a small oil portrait taken in 1770
Signed Signed with initals on the obverse and dated 1797
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 2515
Price £2900.00
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