- John Miers (artist)
John Miers (1756-1821) was the most famous profilist or painter of silhouettes in Britain [ [http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/paintings/miniatures/ftol/index.html] V&A biographies of artists] . Born in Leeds, he established a business first in Edinburgh, and operated in various Northern towns before setting up studios in The Strand, London around 1788. Here he operated a very successful business recording customers profiles in "3 minute sittings" [ [http://brereton.org.uk/brinton/bedhangings.htm] Printed advertisement on back of a miniature] . His miniatures were produced on ivory or plaster and feature delicate shading to show detail of the hair and clothes. The sitter's face was recorded as a black silhouette.
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