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Peter Skeolan
Peter Skeolan mid 19th Century English silhouette portrait

Circa 1840

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A finely detailed silhouette a Victorian gentleman Peter Skeolan (1815-1871) Portrait of a gentleman, profile to the right, wearing coat and cravat Watercolour on gold highlighting on paper/card Stencilled with artist's details to the reverse 3¼ x 2¾ inches, oval, without the frame 5½ x 4¾ inches with the frame Peter Skoelan the son of Stephen Skoelan was born in Ireland in 1815. During his early career he worked as an itinerant miniature portrait painter and profilist, possibly as early as the 1830s. The 1841 census shows us that he was working in Leeds, his stated occupation was painter, aged 25. He was lodging with Thomas Lacy, a Tailor. By this time he had married and had a son and daughter. His wife was Margaret Hall from Whitehaven, Cumberland and they married in 1840. His son and daughter were born a few years earlier. His son Peter Paul Skeolan was born in 1837 when the family were still in Ireland and his daughter Mary Jane was born in Liverpool in 1839, so it may well be that Margaret Hall was not the mother of the children or there could be some other explanation. By the time the 1851 census came around Peter Snr was working in Liverpool where he is described as a miniature painter and profilist. Over the years he travelled to many other places including Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield, Southport, Liverpool, Scarborough and Manchester where he worked most probably on a seasonal basis for at least twelve years.
  • Creator:
    Peter Skeolan (1815 - 1871, Irish, British)
  • Creation Year:
    Circa 1840
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 3.25 in (8.26 cm)Width: 2.75 in (6.99 cm)Depth: 0.5 in (1.27 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    In good, ready to hang condition. Some toning and minor marks to the surrounding paper.
  • Gallery Location:
    Harkstead, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1481214441032
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