Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Michael Bartlett
Late Twentieth Century British Army Officer
in Desert Gear and Wearing a Shemagh Scarf
by Michael Bartlett (1922-2008)
2 1/16 x 2 12/16 inches (sight)
watercolor on ivorine, enclosed in a gilt metal frame
About the Artist: A highly respected miniaturist of the late twentieth century, Michael Bartlett's method of depicting modern subjects is said to have inspired renewed interest in miniature portraiture. He is particularly known for the large number of miniatures he painted that feature uniforms of British military officers of the 18th-20th centuries. His depictions of such uniforms are considered quite historically accurate; but what makes his portraits unique is that he had friends and acquaintances model for them, inserting their modern faces and poses into historical settings. He served terms as Vice President of both the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (a/k/a Royal Miniature Society) and the Society of Limners, Miniaturists and Calligraphers.