Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Portrait Miniatures: Eighteenth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each painting
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Portrait miniature attributed to Charles Peale depicting an early American gentleman

Early American Gentleman
Wearing a Dark Tan Coat and Vest

American
circa 1770-1775
Attributed to Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

Formerly a holding of the Comerford Collection (John and Pauline Comerford) and exhibited May - September, 2009, at the Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, Ireland

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of an unknown early American lady wearing an ecru colored dress with a lace neckline

Early American Lady Wearing an
Ecru Colored Dress with a Lace Neckline

American
circa 1780
Circle of Charles Wilson Peale

1 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by an unknown artist of a religious figure of Spanish Colonial Louisiana

Religious Figure of Spanish Colonial Louisiana

Spanish-American
circa 1780-1785
artist unknown

2 1/2 x 3 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a sterling silver case with a burnished gold bezel

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Ebenezer Mack depicting an Early American lady wearing feathers and jewels in her hair

Early American Lady Wearing
Feathers and Jewels in Her Hair

American
circa 1785
by Ebenezer Mack (1755-1826)

1 1/4 x 1 11/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame with britecut engraving to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Ebenezer Mack depicting a late eighteenth century gentleman wearing a blue coat over a gold-colored waistcoat

Late Eighteenth Century Gentleman, Wearing
a Blue Coat over a Gold-Colored Waistcoat

American
circa 1785-1790
by Ebenezer Mack (1755-1826)

1 3/8 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame with britecut engraving to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature by John Ramage of Killian K. Van Rensselaer (1763-1845)

Killian K. Van Rensselaer (1763-1845;
Later a U. S. Representative, New York, 1801-1811),
Painted at the Age of 22

American
dated 1785
by John Ramage (ca. 1748-1802)

1 x 1 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in original gold bezel,
further set in a later (ca. 1820), gilded copper bracelet case with
the following engraving to the reverse: "K. K. V. R. / 1785"

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) of an early American gentleman

Early American Gentleman

Anglo-American
circa 1785
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 1/2 x 1 7/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in an elaborate gold brooch
with a blue enamel surround, a border of 79 pearls
and britecut engraving to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Early American Gentleman

Anglo-American
circa 1785
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 5/16 x 1 3/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilded copper pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Early American Gentleman
with the Initials "W.W."

Anglo-American
circa 1785-1786
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch with britecut
engraving along the edges, additional elaborate britecut engraving
to the reverse, and a glazed, navette-shaped compartment to the
reverse with plaited hair and a gold cipher fashioned into the initials "W.W."

(photographed without its glass lens in place, so as to
allow a clearer view of the portrait)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock of a Federalist era gentleman (possibly a ship's captain)

Federalist Era Gentleman (Possibly a Ship's Captain)
Wearing a Double Breasted Coat with Gold Buttons

American
circa 1785-1790
by Nathaniel Hancock (1762-1833)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a cartridge-edged, gold case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) of a late eighteenth century lady wearing a bonnet

Late Eighteenth Century Lady
Wearing a Bonnet

Anglo-American
circa 1787-1790
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 9/16 x 1 15/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch frame
with britecut engraving and plated hair to the reverse

(photographed without its glass lens in place, so as to
allow a clearer view of the portrait)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Pierre Henri of John Clapham, British loyalist and colonial era official of the Province of Maryland

John Clapham (1735-1815), British Loyalist and
Colonial Era Official of the Province of Maryland

(identified by detailed family notes that accompany the miniature)

American
circa 1789-1790
by Pierre Henri (1752-1822)

1 1/2 x 2 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch with beveled glass lens

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock of a Federalist era gentleman wearing a brown coat with gold and cream colored facings

Federalist Era Gentleman Wearing a Brown Coat
with Gold and Cream Colored Facings

American
circa 1790
by Nathaniel Hancock (1762-1833)

1 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gold case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Ebenezer Mack depicting an Early American gentleman wearing a brown coat

Federalist Era Gentleman
Wearing a Brown Coat

American
circa 1790-1795
by Ebenezer Mack (1755-1826)

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Pierre Henri of a Federalist Era lady wearing a blue dress with a lace neckline

Federalist Era Lady Wearing a
Blue Dress with a White Lace Bustline

American
circa 1790
attributed to Pierre Henri (1752-1822)

1 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature by John Ramage of a Federalist Era American Gentleman

Federalist Era Gentleman Wearing
a Russet Coat and Gold Vest with Stripes

American
circa 1790
by John Ramage (ca. 1748-1802)

1 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a later (not original to the portrait) gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature, possibly by William Verstille, depicting a Federalist Era American gentleman with the initials "JW"

Federalist Era Gentleman with the Initials "JW"

American
circa 1790
possibly by William Verstille (ca. 1757-1803)

1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with a glazed compartment to the reverse
housing a script monogram and wheat motif painted on ivory with watercolor and chopped hair

 

 

 

 

Lieutenant of the British Royal Navy
Painted in the British West Indies

Anglo-American
circa 1790-1795
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper pendant frame

(photographed without its glass lens in place, so as to
allow a clearer view of the portrait)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock of a Federalist era lady of the Ridgely Family

Federalist Era Lady of the Ridgely Family

American
circa 1791
by Nathaniel Hancock (1762-1833)

1 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under beveled glass (removed for the photo)
in a gold case with "Ridgely / 1791" engraved to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait by Archibald Robertson of a young, Federalist era gentleman

Young, Federalist Era Gentleman

American
circa 1795
by Archibald Robertson (1765-1835)

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gold case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Walter Robertson an unknown Federalist era gentleman with powdered hair

Federalist Era Gentleman
with Powdered Hair

American
circa 1795
by Walter Robertson (ca. 1750-1801/1802)

2 5/16 x 2 7/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with bright cut engraving
to the reverse, and plaited hair in a compartment to the revers
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Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) of his father, James Dunckerley (1728-1802)

James Dunckerley (1728-1802),
Georgian Era Jeweler and Father of the Artist

Anglo-American
circa 1795-1802
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed;
inscribed to the reverse: "James Dunckerley / born 1728 / died 1802"

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature attributed to Raphaelle Peale depicting an unknown Federalist era gentleman

Unknown Federalist Era Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
circa 1795-1800
in the manner of Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825)

2 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with plaited hair in a compartment to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock depicting a Federalist Era gentleman with the initials "MK"

Federalist Era Gentleman with the Initials "MK"

American
circa 1795-1800
by Nathaniel Hancock (1762-1833)

1 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a rose gold brooch with britecut and prick engraved borders
to the obverse and reverse, and the monogrammed initials "MK" engraved to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Lawrence Sully depicting an unknown Federalist era gentleman with blue eyes and powdered hair

Unknown Federalist Era Gentleman
with Blue Eyes and Powdered Hair

American
circa 1796
by Lawrence Sully (1769-1804)

1 3/4 x 2 3/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with plaited hair in a compartment to the reverse

 

 

 

Portrait miniature (artist unknown) of John Duryea (1789-1859) of Hempstead, Long Island,

John Duryea (1789-1859) of Hempstead, Long Island,
New York, Painted in 1797, at the Age of 8

American
dated 1797
Artist Unknown -- Early American Folk School

1 5/8 x 2 1/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a double sided gilt metal locket frame
with interwoven hair of two individuals (perhaps John and his mother?) to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Elkanah Tisdale of an Early American lady holding a baby in her arms

Federalist Era American Lady
Holding a Baby in Her Arms

American
circa 1798-1800
by Elkanah Tisdale
(1768-1835)

3 5/16 inches diameter

watercolor on ivory; pictured here unframed

 

 

 

 

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