Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Miniature Portraits: Eighteenth Century

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

Early American Gentleman
Wearing a Dark Tan Coat and Vest

American
circa 1780
Attributed to James Peale (1749-1831)

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 Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting an early American lady wearing a bonnet

Early American Lady
(Likely a Resident of Boston),
Wearing a Bonnet

Anglo-American
circa 1785
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 plaited hair to the reverse

 

 

 

 

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

Early American Lady Wearing
Feathers and Jewels in Her Hair

(a rare example of the artist's early work)

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 an Early American gentleman wearing a brown coat

Early American Gentleman
Wearing a Brown Coat

American
circa 1790
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 Nathaniel Hancock depicting an unknown early American gentleman

Early American Gentleman
Wearing a Dark Coat

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

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold, cartridge-edged pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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 Pierre Henri of an unknown Federalist Era lady wearing a blue dress with a lace neckline

Federalist Era Lady Wearing
a Blue Dress with a Lace Neckline

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 frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting a late eighteenth century gentleman painted in the British West Indies

Late Eighteenth Century Gentleman

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait 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 by William Verstille depicting a Federalist Era American gentleman identified by the monogrammed initials "JW"

Federalist Era American Gentleman
Identified by the Monogrammed Initials "JW"

American
circa 1790
Attributed to William Verstille (ca. 1757-1803)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame with a glazed reticle to the reverse
housing a script monogram and a wheat motif, both painted with chopped hair

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait by Archibald Robertson of a young gentleman of the Federalist Era

Young Gentleman of the Federalist Era

American
circa 1795
by Archibald Robertson (1765-1835)

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock depicting a Federalist Era American gentleman identified by the monogramed initials of "MK"

Federalist Era American Gentleman
Identified by the Monogrammed 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 gold brooch frame with britecut and prick engraved borders
to the obverse and reverse, and an elaborate monogram engraved to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Lawrence Sully depicting a Federalist Era American gentleman with blue eyes and powdered hair

Federalist Era American 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 pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait (artist unknown) of John Duryea (1789-1859) of Hempstead, Long Island,
New York, Painted at the Age of 8

John Duryea (1789-1859) of Hempstead, Long Island,
New York, Painted 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, two-tone hairwork to the reverse

 

 

 

 

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