law, miniature

miniature art: historical detail of lawyers chambers



Patience and an eye for historical detail belongs to the creator of these detailed miniatures.

The busy lawyer’s open chest or coffer contains (in view) typical needs of a busy barrister/judge such as gavel, barrister’s wig (powdered wig, periwig or peruque) a family law book, a criminal law book, pink ribboned brief (documents/parchment) even an affidavit in the case of ‘The Crown v D G …’  

The wig looks to be sitting on the barrister’s black folded robe/gown or perhaps the barristers bar jacket.






The barrister’s chambers and lodgings include chattels and comforts like law books, chaise lounge or day bed, crocheted knee rug or blanket. side table, wine in wine glasses, barrister’s trunk/chest behind bed head, wall sconce, candles, candle snuffer, tankard, fireplace, framed art and so forth.




A close up of the book-case with necessary law books, journals, parchments and briefs tied with pink ribbon and sealed. The barrister’s powdered wig on the wig stand.




Law books and journals.




The lawyer’s desk with wide top front drawer, documents, book shelves, law books, papers with seals, magnifying glass, feathered quill, pen and ink, candle lighting, wall sconce, barristers wig on wooden wig stand.




The necessary chest or coffer.




Fireside. Hearth looks like slate. Burned candle on mantle. Candle snuff. Pewter tankard on books on desk.




Lawyer’s desk, fireplace with surround and mantle, portrait on the wall. Candle chandelier.



The framed art on the wall is Hogarth’s painting of the laundress and infamous murderess, Sarah Malcolm in prison. Known only for her participation in a horrific crime,  Sarah Malcolm mounted an audacious defence both at her trial and in print.

Per The Tenement

“I came to the conclusion, when searching for suitable artwork for the period, that you can never go wrong with Hogarth! This particular painting is “Sarah Malcolm in Prison” (1733). A young Irish charwoman, was found guilty in one of the most sensational murder cases of 1733. It hangs in the National Gallery for Scotland.”











Chaise lounge or day bed, crocheted rug, liquid/wine refreshments, candle light.




Windows and shutters with hinges and blue ‘silk’ balloon style curtains. Book case.

It’s the small things, the attention to detail, the historical research and patience that has gone into creating these tiny bits of miniature.







You can see the lawyer’s lodgings/barristers chambers sit above the Green Room in the tenement. Much more here.

For more stunning miniature work from this creative artist, you might also like The Apples Tea Rooms.


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