JACQUES, James (1803-1865), Leicester wool-stapler. An early 19th century portrait miniature of a young gentleman, mounted in a papier-mâché frame (4 x 5 inches) with a brass acorn suspender. On the reverse, visible through a protected cut-out window are two old inscriptions in different hands, the first reading ‘James Jacques Born October 1 1803’ and the second ‘Taken Sept 30th 1824’.
James Jacques was born and brought up in Leicestershire where he became a wealthy wool-stapler. In 1834 he married Anne Kinton (1813-1871), daughter of Robert Kinton, a Leicester ironmonger, by whom he had four sons, Joseph, Burkhill, Kinton and John. James purchased Birstall Hall House, Leicestershire in 1846 which remained in the ownership of the family until its sale in 1874. The date this likeness was taken indicates that the miniature marked James’s coming-of-age at 21 years.