The Artist: Bogle studied at the Drawing School, Glasgow, and practiced as a miniature painter in Edinburgh and London. He sent works to the Royal Academy from 1772 until 1794. The austerity of his portraits epitomizes the difference between the Scottish and English styles of miniature painting in the late eighteenth century.
The Miniature: The gold frame is curved at the back and has apertures for the slides of a bracelet attachment; it has been converted to a brooch by the addition of a pin. The back is engraved AC.
[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
Inscription: Signed and dated (right): I B / 1774
Mrs. S. M. Breckenridge Long (until 1940)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 142.
Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 137, no. 142, ill., note that this miniature and 40.186.2 do not form a pair, since they are different sizes and were painted in different years, but that the final initial "C" inscribed on both may indicate that the sitters are members of the same family, perhaps husband and wife.