A fine miniature portrait painting, done in watercolor on natural organic material, by Hugh Bridport. The sitter is a gentleman, purportedly John Trigg. On the reverse of the painting is a preliminary sketch of the subject, which Bridport is known to have done. Only a portion of the sketch is shown, as I did not want to peel back all the paper.
The condition of the miniature is excellent, with no flaws at all. It is housed, with a cover glass, in a red leather wallet-type case. Sight size is 2 5/8" by 2", and the size of the case is 4 1/4" by 3 1/2".
Bridport (1790 - c1868) was born in London. Heeding a suggestion by Thomas Sully, he emigrated to Philadelphia in 1816, and joined his brother, George Bridport. They founded a drawing school in that year, which closed after 2 years. He was a founding member of the Franklin Institute, where he taught drawing from 1826-1833.
Although best known as a miniaturist, Hugh Bridport also did full size portraits and landscapes, as well as engravings, lithographs, and architectural work. He traveled widely, and had extended stays in Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New York, among other areas. Before moving to the U.S., his miniatures were exhibited at The Royal Academy, and, after the move, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Artist's Fund Society. His works are in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.