George Michael Moser was one of the most prominent chasers and enamel miniaturists of his day. He moved to London in 1726, where he worked for a coppersmith and then a cabinet maker. His skill was such that he became drawing-master to King George III and designed the Great Seal for him. Throughout his career, Moser worked mainly with Thomas Mudge, George Graham, William Webster, and John Ellicott. He specialized in figural renderings and often used classical sources for his scenes. He was widely respected in the artistic field, and was one of the original founders of the Royal Academy along with Sir Joshua Reynolds. Moser died in January of 1783, and was honoured in his obituary as “the father of the present race of artists” see, Edgcumbe, The Art of the Gold Chaser, pp. 85-90.
Thompson, D., The Watches of Ellicotts of London: Part 2, Antiquarian Horology, No. 5, Vol. 23, Autumn, 1997
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