A miniature portrait of a young girl

Artist/Maker SAMUEL ANDREWS (c.1767-1807)
Dimensions 2.00" high   
Description A fine portrait of a young girl with long brown hair decorated with blue turban, wearing a white dress with matching blue ribbon waistband
in gold coloured frame

Andrews, was an Irishman by birth, who, after an early career as a miniaturist in England moved to Madras in India, in 1791. At the end of the 18th century there was an increased demand for portrait painters to move to India to depict the many British Soldiers and statesmen who had moved there. John Smart, the well know British miniature painter also moved to India in 1788 where he received many commissions.

Andrews moved into the house previously occupied by John Smart in 1795 and was clearly effected by the latter's approach to miniature painting - as is evident in the present portrait. The detail found in this girl's portrait, namely the eyelashes which are individually depicted and the fine treatment of the hair are parallel to John Smart's approach. Andrews advertised that he would attend to all orders for miniatures. The closeness in style between to the two artist's is apparent in the superb miniature by Samuel Andrews of John Smart, which is in the NationalMuseum in Sweden

By 1798 he moved to Calcutta where he painted some of his most celebrated profiles en grisaille.

Andrews died at the age of 40 and worked for around 27 years of his life. He died in Patna 1807.
Signed Signed indistinctly with initials on the obverse and dated, 1796
Medium Watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 2427
Price £1800.00
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