A double-sided, triple portrait miniature of a Gentleman traditionally said to be a member of the Floyd family, and his (twin) daughters, he wearing brown coat and red-lined white waistcoat, the girls, seated, wearing white dresses with blue waistbands an

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Object Description

This portrait of a gentleman of the Floyd family and his daughters is an unusual work for Plimer, who, in line with other portrait miniaturists of the eighteenth century, rarely expanded his repertoire beyond a simple bust portrait. Although it has not been possible to identify the sitters with any certainty, the ‘Miss Floyds’ are recorded by G. C. Williamson in his 1903 publication ‘Andrew & Nathaniel Plimer, miniature painters, their lives and their works’ (Appendix VI, Catalogue of the Works of Andrew Plimer at present, 166-7). The miniature may originally have been paired with a portrait miniature of the sitter’s wife and mother.

Andrew Plimer was born in Shropshire, his father was a clockmaker and after being expected to enter the trade, Andrew and brother Nathaniel reputedly ran away, arriving in London in 1781 when Andrew entered the employment of Richard Cosway as a servant. After receiving lessons from the well-established Cosway, Plimer set up on his own in 1785 in Maddox Street before moving to Golden Square one year later, then a highly fashionable part of the city. Plimer appears to have travelled around; in 1801 he was working throughout Devon and Cornwall, in 1815 he lived in Exeter and in 1835 he moved to Brighton where he died two years later.

Object History

The Estate of E. M. Hodgkins, Hôtel Drouot, Paris 29 May 1937

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