John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor, 1755 - 1821. Patron of the Arts
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John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor, 1755 - 1821. Patron of the Arts about 1780
  • Scottish Art
This portrait is typical of Cosway’s miniature style, which he had perfected by the 1780s. It shows John Campbell, first Baron Cawdor of Castlemartin. His face is delicately finished with his coat and white collar slightly more painterly. The paint on the ivory creates a luminous feel resulting in an extremely flattering image. Campbell’s family originated from Scotland, yet he was born and grew up in England and Wales (his great grandfather’s wife had inherited land in Wales). He was MP for Cardigan and Governor of Milford Haven from 1780 until his death.

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Miniature

A painting or drawing, usually a portrait, on a very small scale. These were popular prior to the invention of photographic portraits in the 19th century.

Miniature

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  • Acc. No. PG 3184
  • Medium Watercolour on ivory
  • Size 4.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2000