James Nixon (1741 - 1812)Nixon painted chiefly miniatures, including portraits of actresses in character. He was a member of the Incorporated Society of Artist and exhibited there between 1765-1771 and at the Royal Academy, 1772-1807.
He became limner to the Prince Regent and in 1792 miniature painter to the Duchess of York. He worked principally in London, but also at Edinburgh (1795-1798)
Horace Walpole admired Nixon's work, as did Joseph Farrington - whose portrait Nixon painted. He was greatly attached to the Royal Academy, and, being influenced by Sir Joshua Reynolds, he exhibited a portrait of Reynolds there in 1779. And although he is best known as a miniature painter, he also painted portraits in oil and watercolour, and also of historical subjects. He was then appointed as deputy secretary to the British Institution in March 1806.