A charming and beautifully rendered double portrait miniature attributed to Nathaniel Plimer. Executed in watercolors on natural wafer, he depicted, in classical style, an attractive young woman dressed in a low cut white gown with a reddish robe draped around her. The very young and strikingly angelic child, with fulsome red curls, has its arms clasped around the mother's neck.
This appealing gem is in excellent condition, with no flaws. The case is 3 1/4" by 2 3/4".
This miniature was sold, identified as being by Nathaniel Plimer, by Christie's London, lot 234 in their April, 1981 sale.
NOTE: Nathaniel Plimer (1757-1822) was born in Shropshire. He was apprenticed to Henry Bone, a first tier miniaturist and enameler. He later joined his brother, Andrew, in studying drawing with Richard Cosway. Plimer exhibited twenty-six works at the Royal Academy from 1787 until 1815. Many of his smaller portraits are highly regarded.