Set of three Victorian portrait miniature paintings


This charming group of painted plaques, dating from the Victorian era, expertly demonstrate the highly skilled craft of miniature portrait painting.


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This fine grouping of three portrait miniature paintings on ivory, comprises a larger circular portrait miniature together with two oval-shaped works.

The largest of the three works, measuring diameter 12.5cm, is beautifully painted with the image of three young ladies. The ladies are thought to be the sisters- Anne Rushout, Lady Harriet Cockerell (née Rushout) and Elizabeth Bowles (née Rushout)- daughters of the prominent British politician and Member of Parliament, John Rushout, 1st Baron Northwick (1738-1800) and Rebecca Rushout (née Bowles), Lady Northwick. A pen and ink drawing by Henry Bone of the three sisters titled 'The daughters of Lady Northwick' forms part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, museum reference NPG D17655.

The work is housed in an ivory frame with gilt metal border and bears a spurious signature 'A. Plimer'. The reverse is decorated with a Neoclassical scene en grisaille with tortoiseshell surround and mother-of-pearl inlay stylised as floral motifs.

The medium sized miniature, measuring 8cm x 6cm, depicts another young lady from the side, with her face turned to the viewer. She wears a textured pink shawl over her shoulders and a light blue headdress. The miniature is housed in a tortoisehell and gilt metal frame.

The smallest work, measuring 6cm x 5cm, depicts a young lady in period dress in the style of van-Dyck, housed in gilt-metal filigree frame with split-pearl surround.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Gold, Ivory


12.5 cm / 4.7 inches


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