John Smart (about 1742-1811)
Portrait of an Unknown Man with the Initials 'ER'
Watercolour on ivory
Signed lower left 'J.S.' in monogram and dated '1789', followed by 'I'for India. At the back of the gold locket is a hair insert in the form of a plaited cross and the letters 'ER'
Museum no. P.19-1984
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bequeathed by Mrs K. Gifford Scott
This miniature of an unknown Indian man is inscribed with the letter 'I'. Smart identified all the miniatures he painted in India in this way.