John Smart (British, 1742-1811)
Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon.
Signed on the obverse with initials and dated J.S./ 1780, gold bracelet clasp frame.
Oval, 38mm (1 1/2in) high
Provenance: Mrs Arthur Shakespeare; Sotheby's, 8 June 1987, lot 115
Exhibited: Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23 September 11 December 2005, no.23
Literature: Daphne Foskett; John Smart, the Man and his Miniatures, 1964, Appendix A, p.73
Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.62