Miniature Portrait by J. Turmeau II (b)

Extraordinary, museum-quality miniature portrait by British artist John Turmeau II (1777-1846), a portrait painter and miniaturist born in Liverpool. It is signed on the lower right with the initials "IT," a signature characteristic of this painter. This miniature is one of a pair in matching frames. This one is believed to be a self-portrait of the artist; the other miniature, a portrait of Susan Turmeau, the painter's daughter (listed separately). See attached photo of the female portrait for reference. This listing is for the male portrait only. The Walker Museum in Liverpool has a large collection of Turmeau's work. The attached article from the Museum's archives, a 1921 issue of "The Connoisseur" magazine, is illustrated with miniature portraits [#2 and #3] of Turmeau and his daughter. There is an evident physical resemblance between the sitters shown in the article and the ones in the portraits we are offering. John Turmeau II was the son of John Turmeau, a jeweller, and the grandson of Allan Turmeau, a French Huguenot painter who emigrated to England. John studied at the Royal Academy, contributed to the establishment of the Liverpool Academy and was its President for more than 20 years. The frame is made out of wood covered by brown velvet (worn, as shown). The inner edge of the velvet fabric is stamped LISTER & CO, a Bradford, England-based textiles company in business since the 1800's who produced silk velvet for the Coronation Throne. Pieces of old England newspaper line the inside of the frame. John Turmeau II is listed in Benezit where details of work appear. His biography and samples of his work also appear in "Miniatures Dictionary and Guide" by Daphne Foskett, the standard reference book for miniature painting collectors. Please ask questions, request additional photos and shipping costs prior to bidding. Measurements: Oval Window is 3.5" High by 2.75" Wide. The Frame is 10 75" by 10". (Item #253b)

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