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Elizabeth Montgomery 1751-83: M.7 & A-1959

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Elizabeth Montgomery 1751-83


Majer, Jeremias (Miniaturist)
Beaulieu, Pierre-François Mathis de (Goldsmith)


Gold, engine turned and chased box, the lid set with a portait miniature of a young woman in a pink dress

Gold, engine turned and chased, the top of the lid set with a portrait miniature painted in watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, under glass. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. The sides of the box are engraved with vertical stripes of engine-turned decoration, the base with concentric rings. Round the edge of the lid and base and at the top and bottom of the sides are borders of stiff leaf decoration on a matted ground. The circular portrait of Elizabeth Montgomery depicts her facing three-quarters to the right; her light brown hair is worn high with two ringlets over her left shoulder. She wears a low cut dress of pink silk, the gauze collar is caught with pink roses at the front. The background is painted blue-grey.


History note: Bought by Conrad Nicholls from Christie's sale of 1 December 1959, lot 146. Bought by the Friends from Nicholls 15th December 1959

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1959-01-14) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 18th century
Louis XVI
1774 CE - 1775 CE


Jeremias Majer (also known as Jeremiah Meyer) was born in Tübingen, where his father was portrait painter to the Duke of Würtemberg. He came to England aged fourteen. He was given tuition in enamel painting by Zincke, but his claim to pre-eminence as a miniaturist depends on his watercolours on ivory. Mayer painted prtraits of King George III and Queen Charlotte and was a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768.

Pierre-François Mathis de Beaulieu registered as Master in Paris on 23 July 1758 and worked until 1791.

Components of the work

Painting composed of watercolour bodycolour Box composed of gold Diameter 7.8 cm
Miniature composed of ivory Diameter 6.5 cm
Cover composed of glass

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'PM' over'B' with a symbol, two pellets and a star above

  • Location: Inside the base and side of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: the monogram of Paris

  • Location: Inside the base and side of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Charge mark

Inscription present: 'L' crowned

  • Location: Inside the base and side of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Warden's mark

Inscription present: the head of a monkey

  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Discharge mark
  • Text: 353
  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Retailer's mark
  • Text: Beaulieu a Paris
  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Retailer's name

Inscription present: ct raised in Visct for Viscount

  • Text: Elizabeth eldest daughter / of Sir William Montgom(ery) / of Macbie Hill N.B ... / first wife of / Luke Gardiner Visct Mountjoy
  • Location: Loose inside
  • Method of creation: Written in black ink
  • Type: Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7 & A-1959
Primary reference Number: 18110
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 July 2018 Last processed: Saturday 26 June 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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