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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Miniature portrait of an early American lady -- artist unknown

Early American Lady

American
circa 1780
Artist unknown (studio 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 Boston lady wearing a bonnet

Early American Boston Lady Wearing a Bonnet

American
circa 1785
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal brooch frame

 

 

 

 

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 Early Example of the Artist's Work)

American
circa 1785
by Ebenezer Mack (1755-1826)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock depicting an unknown early American gentleman

Era American Gentleman

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 Peter ("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 Peter ("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 Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting a late eighteenth century English gentleman painted in the British West Indies

Late Eighteenth Century English Gentleman,
Painted in the British West Indies

American
circa 1790
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches

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

Exhibited with The Comerford Collection, May - September, 2009, at the Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, Ireland

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Ramage depicting a distinguished looking American gentleman of the Federalist Era.

Distinguished Looking American Gentleman
of the Federalist Era

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 Nathaniel Hancock depicting a Federalist Era American gentleman identified by the monogrammed initials of "MK"

Federalist Era American Gentleman
Identified by the Monogrammed Initials of "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 an unknown artist depicting Frederick Albrecht Vethake (1756-1810)

Frederick Albrecht Vethake (1756-1810),
Prussian-Born Immigrant to Federalist Era America

American
circa 1796
Artist unknown

1 9/16 x 2 1/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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