20 November 2007
Philip Jean (British, 1755-1802)
Anne Jean (née Noel), the artist's wife, seated in front of the harbour wall at St. Helier, Jersey, holding a miniature of her husband in her left hand, wearing lace-trimmed blue dress with white fichu and stole over left shoulder, her dark brown upswept hair dressed with a blue ribbon and falling in a twist over her right shoulder
signed and dated 'P. Jean pinx 1781' (lower left) and inscribed 'Æ 17' (lower right)
oval, 2 15/16 in. (75 mm.) high, modern silver-gilt frame
signed, inscribed and dated on backing paper 'aged 23 P Jean pinxit 1781'
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D. Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, London, 1972, I, p. 72, II, p. 58, illustrated pl. 186, no. 473.
Anne Jean (d. 1787), was the artist's first wife and mother of the miniaturist Roger Jean (1783-1828). A smaller version of the present miniature was sold, Sotheby's, London, 9 June 1969, lot 48. A further miniature of the artist's wife was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803, no. 863.
For a miniature by Roger Jean, see lot 88.
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