Cat. No. 04
Artist: Atributed to Alexander Gallaway c 1794-1812 - INTERESTING RARE ANTIQUE ENGLISH PORTRAIT MINIATURE (Jane Austen connection).watercolor on ivory portrait miniature of Lady Isabella Brydges of Wootton Park, Kent, England. It dates from about 1812. Atributed to the Scottish artist Alexander Gallaway. The miniature is housed in a gilt metal frame with a dark red velvet on card reverse (the original velvet has been replaced). Her name is engraved on the bottom of the frame. She wears a white high-waisted gown with embroidery on the sleeves and front, and has a tan gauze stole draped over her arms. Her hair is cut very short, but with a mass of curls at the front, in the fashion of the day. Lady Isabella is fairly well documented; she was born on 28th May 1776 and was the daughter of the lst Marquis of Waterford. Isabella's brother became Primate of all Ireland, and she was one of seven children. She married Sir John William Head Brydges on 1st April 1812 - they had three children, John, Elizabeth and Isabella. She died in 1850, and her obituary appeared in The Illustrated London News of 16. May 1850. Interestingly enough, she has a slight Jane Austen connection, and it is likely that the two met at some time. Jane visited several times Isabella's mother-in-law Jeminah, when she was staying with her (Jane's) brother Edward, in Kent. Jane mentions Sir Egerton Brydges in her letters several times, and he was Isabella's brother-in-law.
Creation Year: c1812
Measurements: 4.2 x 2.8 inches
Style: Half Portrait Miniature
Technique: watercolours on Ivory
Inscription: Lady Isabella Brydges
Provenance: Private Collection
Artist: Atributed to Alexander Gallaway
Condition: In very good overall condition.
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