A gentleman by Joseph Dunkerley, circa 1780.

 Set in the original, possibly unique, gold frame with porringer-style surmount.

 1 1/4 inches high.

 Described by Robin Jaffee Frank as "one of the first important miniaturists of the New Republic," Joseph Dunkerley (active c. 1778-1788) arrived in America with the British Army. Deserting soon after to serve as a lieutenant in a Massachusetts artillery regiment, by 1778, Dunkerley was a civilian, a resident of Boston and the city's leading miniaturist. Advertising  "Miniature Pictures executed in the neatest manner," he rented a house from Paul Revere, who made many of his miniature cases. Dunkerley's portrait of Mrs. Revere is now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  By the end of 1788, Dunkerley had moved on again, this time to Jamaica.


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