A beautifully executed miniature portrait painting by Andrew Plimer, done on natural organic material. The sitter, an attractive woman with strong features, short curly chestnut hair, and gray eyes, is simply dressed in a white gown, and is shown against a beautiful blue sky and white cloud background. As is often the case with Plimer's miniatures at this period, it is somewhat idealized, and the strong nose and elongated neck are typical.
The miniature is in excellent condition, with no problems whatsoever. The sight size is 2 3/4" by 2 5/16", while the gilt frame with blue trim, and is later, measures 3 3/4" by 3 1/4".
Note: Andrew Plimer was born in Shropshire, England in 1763, the son of a clockmaker. He and his brother apprenticed in that trade, but didn't like it and reputedly ran away and joined a band of gypsies for several years. Andrew then worked for Richard Cosway, who allowed him to take art lessons. He went off on his own in 1785, and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1786 and 1830. He married in 1801, died in Brighton in 1837, and was survived by only one of his 5 children.
Plimer's works can be found in most major museums, including the V and A, the Ashmolean, and the Fitzwilliam.