A fine watercolour of a young lady, attributed to the Irish neo classical painter, miniaturist and engraver Adam Buck (1759-1833). He worked mainly in Cork and Dublin, before settling in London. His subjects perfectly depict the fashions of women of the time of Jane Austen. Antique period frame. Circa 1825.
Adam was born in Cork in 1759. Little is known about his Irish years either except what may be gleaned from his known works in that period. Having established a reputation for himself as an artist in Ireland, he left for London in 1795. Adam married Margaret George (1784-1867), the daughter of a Yorkshire solicitor, in London in 1804. They had only two children who survived to adulthood. Their other three children all died young. Adam himself died in London in August 1833.
His Regency portraits and miniatures provide a fascinating insight into the faces and fashions of this time. Adam Buck's portraits of Royals, Landowners and Society Hostesses, are an important record of the tastes and fashions of Regency England and have an immense charm. Jane Austen enthusiasts will be familiar with the work of Adam Buck. Today, apart from specialist collectors, his work remains an undiscovered treasure to the wider public. Although the artist achieved great social and artistic success in his own lifetime, his charming watercolour portraits have rarely been exhibited.
Painting size: 27cm x 22.5cm
Frame size: 42cm x 36cm