A portrait miniature of a young Lady with beauty spot under her lips

Artist/Maker ANDREW PLIMER (1763-1837)
Dimensions 7.40cm high   
Description She wears a spotted white dress, her long brown hair falling over her shoulders
set in a gold frame with locks of hair on the reverse, in rectangular blue leather easel case.

This is a delightful and typical example of the notorious miniaturist Andrew Plimer - whose works fall into two phases. The earlier examples up to circa 1789, being more more natural than those executed later. They are often signed and dated A.P. followed by a date. In the second phase, of which this is a fine example, he did not sign his work. His palette in the second phase is more restricted and the size of the ivory has increased from comparatively small ones of the first phase.
Andrew and older brother Nathaniel trained as clockmakers but both ran away from home and travelled for over two years in Wales and the west of England with a troupe of Gypsies. About 1781 they settled in London where Andrew took up work as a manservant to Richard Cosway, who later trained him in portrait painting.

Plimer specialised in portrait miniatures. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1768 to 1810 and in 1819. His brother Nathaniel Plimer also became a pupil of Cosway and a painter of miniatures.

Plimer married on 21 February 1801, Joanna Louisa, daughter of John and Frances Knight of Wicken, Northamptonshire. The couple had one son who died in infancy and four daughters. He died in Western Cottages, Western Road, Brighton, Sussex, in January 1837 aged 73 and was buried on 4 February at Old Hove.

His wife's younger sister Mary Ann Knight, another miniaturist, was a pupil and friend of Plimer
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 5193
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