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Patey, J.

Date and place of birth:
Date and place of death:
(fl) Presumed 1790-1795
Known places of work:
Known techniques:
Painted on plaster
Known materials:
Pressed brass
Not recorded


J Patey is a very rare but fine artist, unmentioned by McKechnie and only discovered by Joll in the early 21st century. He is believed to have worked between 1790 and 1795. As so little information has been discovered about his life, some authorities have suggested ‘his’ work is in fact by the artist Thomas Patey.

Work by J Patey was first found by Joll in a private collection around 2010. Virtually nothing is known about his life, leading some to conclude that J Patey and Thomas Patey are in fact the same artist. The two examples of J Patey’s work found are framed in pressed brass with partial trade labels on the reverse. From these we know that the cost of his work was quite high. This suggests both that he was a good painter and that he valued his work very highly. Other than these few details, little can be said about J Patey and his career.

In the two examples found, J Patey painted on plaster with a black colour for the base of the picture. He used a thinned pigment to add more detail to the silhouette, in hair and costume. The artistic quality of these pieces is relatively high, with good detail shown. As so little of his work is in existence it is hard to say how his work developed or the contemporary response to his pieces. He would benefit greatly from more research.

Additional research about J. Patey:

Source: Joll (Hon. Secretary of the Silhouette Collectors Club and Editor of the Club's newsletter)

Patey, J. (SCC Newsletter January 2010)

Gallery Silhouettes

Front of Silhouette, in frame, with woman looking right.Front of silhouette, in frame, with man looking left.