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George Michael Moser (1704-1783), Enamel painter
Sitter in 3 portraits
A renowned artist and enameller of the eighteenth century. Born in Switzerland, he moved to London in 1726 and trained as a coppersmith. During the 1740s, he became established as the finest gold-chaser of his generation and a prominent member of the artistic community. From the 1750s onwards he also painted in enamel, and his work is particularly associated with watches by Thomas Mudge, George Graham, William Webster, and the firm of Ellicott. He was selected as one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768 and became the academy's first keeper. As a teacher at the Royal Academy and the St Martin's Lane Academy, he taught many notable artists including William Blake.