Regency Era University Graduate | Michael's Museum

Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection



Secondary Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Artist Unknown



Regency Era University Graduate
Wearing a Black Cloak and Mortarboard

circa 1820
Artist unknown

2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (sight)


Depicted is an early nineteenth century university student wearing a black cloak and mortarboard. The tradition of donning such mortarboards originated at Oxford University, leading one to wonder if the young man was perhaps a student of that university. The subject's shoulder-length hair was typical of many young men of the period (i.e., the look was not unique to the 1970s).



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Attribution Advice Welcomed: Do you recognize aspects of this miniature portrait that you believe should be attributed to a specific artist that we have failed to consider? If so, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions and invite you to contact us.

A Note regarding Core vs. Secondary Holdings:
Being that a significant amount of our time and energy is spent conducting biographical research on the lives of miniature portrait painters and the subjects they painted, we have chosen to designate as "core" those holdings that can be attributed to specific artists or are of solidly identifiable subjects. Interestingly, however, some miniatures that are designated as secondary holdings are actually more finely painted or are of greater value than some of their core holding counterparts. For the purposes of this website, they will nonetheless remain designated as secondary holdings until such time as their subjects or the artists who painted them can be identified with additional research.






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