Wigs on the Green

WILLIAM PREWETT (fl. 1735-1750), miniature portrait of a child with shoulder-length hair wearing a pink dress with a white stomacher, the bodice trimmed with white lace; enamel on copper, signed verso: W Prewett pinx; gilt-metal mount with hanging ring, circa 1740. Provenance: The Starr Foundation Inc., Kansas City; Sotheby's, 1982. Prewett (or Prewitt) was born in Suffolk and trained under the Swiss enamellist Zincke. His clientele included King George II (miniature held in the V&A Museum) and Horace Walpole. £2,000

Wigs on the Green specialises in fine portrait miniatures, silhouettes, small portraits, and provincial art, predominantly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Our portraits are selected for their historical interest and character. They are not only by listed artists but also those who painted and drew for their own entertainment and pleasure – true to life portraits, with real character and, often, a pretty face!