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Miniature Portrait of a British Navy Officer by Theodore Lane

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Theodore Lane (1800-1828) demonstarted a considerable talent before his life was cut short following a tragic accident in 1828. The son of a poor drawing-master from Worcester he was apprenticed at the age of 14 to John Barrow Esq. of Weston Place, St. Pancras, as artist and colourer of prints. Some three years before his death, at the encouragement of Alexander George Fraser, Lane took up painting in oil but before this his name and reputation had been built as a portrait painter using watercolour, including minitures. Between 1816 and 1830 he exhibited on seven occassions at the Royal Academy, the British Institute (7) and the Society of British Artists (3); not founded until 1824. In 1828, whilst waiting at the horse repository in Gray Inn Road, Lane stepped onto a skylight and fell to his death on the pavement below.  

This portrait is painted in watercolour on ivory and within the original black panel frame with an ormolu braid around a sharp plain bezel and domed glass. Inscribed to the reverse 'Lane Pinxt. Wyke, Portsmouth. March 1807'.  

The panel approx: 6.5 in x 7.5 in

The work: 2.75 in x 3.5 in 

The ivory registered with DEFRA.


Item Code: 4671

£ 1150

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