A finely limned miniature portrait painting by Andrew Plimer. The sitter, a beautiful young woman with dark hair and blue eyes, is wearing a high-necked white dress, a pearl necklace and a pearl barette. She is posed against a cloud filled blue sky. The glazed elaborate reverse has a lock of dark brown hair set with a gilt crescent moon, and a blue enamel plaque set with the initials "GP" picked out with pearls, all against foil backed opalescent glass.
The case is in very good condition, with a very slight bend to the metal near the hanger, and with the reverse having some disturbance to the hairwork. The painting itself is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, bowing, or restoration. Sight size is 2 1/2" by 2", and the overall size being 2 3/4" by 2 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 did not 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.