William Read (1780-1827)
A pair of portraits, a Gentleman wearing a blue coat, his arm tucked inside his white waistcoat, his sleeves trimmed with lace, his hair worn en queue, seated, before a pillar;
and a Lady, with powdered grey wig and pearls in her hair, wearing a pale blue dress with white bodice and black sash with white fichu
each signed and dated 'Read/1788', miniature on ivory, oval
8.6 x 6.6cm (2)
Provenance: Bonhams, London, 20 May 2009, lot 54.
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Sold for £300
Gentleman – the dark paint on the coat, chair and background is very shiny. The dark paint on the chair and coat has tiny cracks and there is flaking at the base of the coat with some tiny flakes of paint loss. Some yellow staining around the top of the miniature. Some tiny scratches close to the right edge. Surface is uneven and slightly curved. A little surface dust. Some light scratches to the glass. The frame has light wear and there are remnants of stickers and old paper verso.
Lady – A large dark stain across the background. Paint loss on the chest and shoulders of the dress. A pale outline to the background lower right and lower left, almost as if the background was painted over with a darker paint at some point. A couple of tiny flakes of paint loss in the background. Colours a little faded. Blue smudge on chin. Pale brown stains by lower edge. A few spots of dust and dirt. The frame is worn and there are remnants of tape, paper and stickers verso.
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