A George III period, finely detailed, bust length, portrait of the writer Dr. Samuel Johnson (English, 1709-84). He faces left in profile cast in bas-relief wax and colored. Set in an ebonized frame under glass. Marked: Johnson.
Miniature bas-relief portraits such as this were very popular from the late 18th century to 1840s, when they were replaced by photography portraiture.
Late 18th century
Width 5.5 Depth 1.5 Height 6.25 in.