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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: 1756 - 1821
Type: Silhouettes


England

Robert Burns 1787
Robert Burns 1787

Miers lived in Leeds from 1781 to 1783. He gained early recognition by his beautiful work. He then toured Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh. In 1788, he opened a studio at 162 The Strand. In 1791 he moved to No 111and remained there until his death

He kept his duplicates in books which contained upwards of 100,000 portraits. These included the French Royal Family taken at Holyrood, hundreds of the gentry and nobility of Great Britain, professional men, statesmen, politicians, and almost every man and women of note of his time.

Studio
Studio
Young Girl 1790
Young Girl 1790

John Miers's outstanding merit seems to have been his accuracy of likeness. Indeed, the artist claimed, on the labels to his silhouettes Perfect likenesses in miniature profile with the most exact symmetry and animated expression of the features; and again, Likenesses in a style of superior excellence, with unequalled accuracy.

He produced his work on cardboard, plaster and ivory, his prices ranging from 6d to 10s. 6d. "Ivory was a specialty and might cost 4 guineas."

Leads
Leads
Strand Painting on Plaster
Strand Painting on Plaster

John Miers is generally acknowledged to be the best known, most successful, and greatest profilist.

 

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