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About the object
A portrait miniature of an unknown Gentleman, watercolour on ivory
Signed with initials PC on the obverse
Wearing gold trimmed lilac coat and orange waistcoat, white cravat and powdered hair en queue.
Set in gold mount with possibly later filigree scrolling border
The lilac colour in this portrait seemed to be one the Penelope Carwardine favoured as she used it on a number of occasions
Penelope Carwardine was born in about 1730, the eldest daughter of John Carwardine of Thinghills Court in Withington, Herefordshire and Anne Bullock of Preston Wynn, who was also a miniature painter. Her father having ruined the family estates, she took to miniature painting, instructed by Ozias Humphrey, and had acquired her art by 1754.
Carwardine exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1761, 1762, 1771, and 1772. She was a close friend of Sir Joshua and Miss Reynolds and among Sir Joshua's works is a portrait of one of her sisters, painted by him as a present for her. She died, a childless widow, about 1801.
Provenance: The Comerford Collection
Exhibitions: Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 9, 43 (#172)