Jeremiah Meyer, portrait of an unknown woman

Jeremiah Meyer, portrait of an unknown woman

Jeremiah Meyer, RA (1735-1789)
Portrait of an unknown woman
About 1780-90
Watercolour on ivory
Museum no. P.77-1910
Salting Bequest

Between the 1720s and the 1760s miniaturists found better ways of using watercolour on ivory. Jeremiah Meyer was the first to exploit fully these improvements. In this unfinished miniature we see his skill in using the brush to paint the long unbroken lines in her hair and costume.