Wonderful portrait miniature in watercolor on paper of a striking young gentleman, facing left, by J. H. Gillespie, circa the 1830’s. Gillespie worked in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool in the 1820’s before moving to North America. He was in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1829, Baltimore in 1837 and Philadelphia in 1838 (he was also working in New York at some point). This portrait is probably from his American years and the attention to detail make this a superb example of the artist’s skill: the strands of hair and beard, the red lips, the five o’clock shadow, the eyes and lashes and laugh lines are all meticulously drawn. Condition is very good: just a bit of dust. Matted and set in a painted wood frame. Measure 5 3/4” by 4 3/4”; sight size is 2 5/8” x 1 3/4”.