This silhouette is painted upon plaster of an unknown lady sitter, and is unsigned. The Trade Label is number 12 (Double-Letter) of John Miers, as seen on page 1366 of the McKechnie reference, and in the pictures. This dates the item to 1810-21 and specifies the painter to be John Field, being some of the finest ever painted. The sitter’s face is painted in dull brownish-black. The brushwork is extremely fine, also the gold highlighting to the hair and dress, but especially the necklace. The hair to the nape of the neck is quite beautifully painted. From 1820 the neck of lady sitters was often built up with gold, again allowing us to date the piece even more accurately. The hanger is ormulu leaf, probably made by William Miers, the glass convex. For similar fine silhouettes refer to McKechnie page 662/3.