A Georgian pendant set with an extremely finely portrait miniature of a gentleman wearing a blue overcoat with red collar. Monogrammed G. S. - the renowned 18th century miniaturist Gervase Spencer.
Gervase Spencer (c.1715â€“1763), was an English miniaturist. Originally a footman to a "Dr W," Spencer taught himself the art of painting in watercolour on ivory, and was encouraged by his employer. Since enamels were in vogue at the time, he also mastered the complexities of this process. Spencer's prodigious output is divided almost equally between enamels and ivory. Spencer's early work closely resembles that of Jean-AndrÃ© Rouquet and may well have been influenced by him. Spencer trained Henry Spicer to continue the tradition and art of miniatures on enamel and ivory.
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