Doyle, William - portrait of William Sayer
This miniature portrait is not signed on the front, although the backing paper is inscribed "William Sayer by Doyle". The ivory appears to an odd shape and is housed in a continental ebonised frame with a circular opening. However, the ivory is the same as one of the two John Wood Dodge portraits in this section, which is the same octagonal shape. It may be that blanks were received in this shape and then cut to fit the frame that was selected. Although the backing paper refers to Doyle, presumably William M S Doyle (1769-1828), this attribution has not been confirmed.
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