A full-length Portrait of a Gentleman in red Coat holding a Gun standing in a Landscape, his Dog at Heel and a View to a Country House in the Distance

A full-length Portrait of a Gentleman in red Coat holding a Gun standing in a Landscape, his Dog at Heel and a View to a Country House in the Distance

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A full-length Portrait of a Gentleman in red Coat holding a Gun standing in a Landscape, his Dog at Heel and a View to a Country House in the Distance



The birth date of this successful Birmingham based portrait painter is not known but he is mentioned first in public records in the Birmingham Poor Law Levy Books of 1763 and later in the Birmingham Trade Directory 1800-1801.



He was probably the leading Birmingham portrait painter of the last quarter of the eighteenth century and in this subject had a considerable stylistic range from life-size full lengths to conversation pieces on a much smaller scale. He also painted landscapes and dogs and horses which he often included in his portraits as well as historical subjects.



Millar was commissioned to paint an altar-piece for Christ Church in Birmingham for £100 but failed to complete it before his death in Handsworth on 5th December 1805. Some of his work was engraved by W Angur. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of Artists in London between 1771 and 1790 with titles such as: "A Portrait; Dr. Priestley", "Shylock and Portia", "A Lady at Confession" and "Sketch of Fish from Nature". Examples are held in Birmingham City Art Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam, Lichfield Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art (formerly the Mellon Collection)





Bibliography:

Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters - Ellis Waterhouse

Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920 - Brian Stewart and Mervyn Cutten

Dictionary of British Sporting Painters - Sydney H. Pavier

Dictionary of British Sporting Artists 1650-1990 - Mary Ann Wingfield.



Dimensions:

Height 503.428 cm / 198 "
Width 354.584 cm / 139 "
Year

1763 - 1805

Medium

Oil on canvas

Country

England

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