Jeremiah Meyer, portrait of an unknown woman

Jeremiah Meyer, portrait of an unknown woman

Jeremiah Meyer, RA (1735-89)
Portrait of an unknown woman
About 1780
Watercolour on ivory
Museum no. P.12-1951

The case is made of shagreen. True shagreen was shark's skin, but an imitation shagreen was made with leather, usually from a horse. It was given an artificially granulated surface and dyed green.