Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Miniature Portraits: Nineteenth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each painting
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Portrait miniature by Elkanah Tisdale depicting a Federalist Era American lady holding a baby in her arms

Federalist Era American Lady Holding a Baby in Her Arms

American
circa 1800
by Elkanah Tisdale
(1768-1835)

2 3/4 x 3 7/16 inches (sight);
unframed portrait is round, 3 5/16 inches diameter

watercolor on ivory; housed in a wood and gesso reproduction of an American Federal pressed metal frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of Samuel Harvey Guild by an unknown artist

Samuel Harvey Guild (1766-1817)
of Bellows Falls, Vermont

American
circa 1800
Artist Unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch frame with "S. H. Guild" engraved to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Roberts depicting a Massachusetts ship's captain of the Federalist Era

Massachusetts Ship's Captain of the Federalist Era,
Identified by the Initials "S. S."

American
circa 1800
John Roberts
(ca. 1768-1803)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in an ornately engraved gilt metal pendant frame
with a bright cut engraving of the subject's initials ("S. S") on the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting his father, Joseph Dunckerley (1728-1802), a jeweler in Georgian Era London

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

American
circa 1802
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed

 

 

 

 

Memorial portrait miniature by Edward Greene Malbone of an American girl depicted with a rainbow, heavenly rays of light and three angels in the background

Memorial Portrait of an American Girl Depicted with a Rainbow,
Heavenly Rays of Light and Three Angels in the Background

American
circa 1805
by Edward Greene Malbone (1777-1807)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight); 3 3/16 x 3 5/8 (including frame)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a later (circa 1840), hinged wallet frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Benjamin Trott of an early American lady depicted with a sky background

Early American Lady
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
circa 1805-1810
by Benjamin Trott (ca. 1770-1843)

2 1/2 x 3 inches (sight; full frame measures 5 x 5 9/16 inches)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround that is set within an ebonized paper mâché frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Brewster, Jr. depicting an early American gentleman

Early American Gentleman

American
circa 1810
by John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854)

2 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches (sight); each side of wallet frame measures 2 13/16 x 3 3/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a red leather wallet frame with green silk lining and a green velvet surround; photographed without its glass lens so as to allow a clearer view of the portrait

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Philippe R. Vallée (often confused with Jean François Vallée) depicting a New Orleans gentleman of the early nineteenth century

New Orleans Gentleman of the Early Nineteenth Century

American
circa 1810-1815
by Philippe R. Vallée (fl. 1803-1812)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with a green velvet bow
(believed to be original to the miniature) fastened to the top as a hanging loop

 

 

 

 

Early American Couple of New Haven, Connecticut

American
dated 1811 (inscribed in graphite to reverse)
by Anson Dickinson
(1779-1852)

each 2 1/2 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a hinged, leather traveling case (the two sides of which have become separated due to wear) with velvet surrounds; photographed without the glass lenses in place so as to allow a clearer view of the portraits

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Benjamin Trott of an early American gentleman depicted with a sky background

Early American Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
circa 1815
by Benjamin Trott (ca. 1770-1843)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

formerly a holding of the John and Ann Windle Antique Collection (Madison, Indiana)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Benjamin Trott of an early American gentleman

Early American Gentleman

American
circa 1820
by Benjamin Trott (ca. 1770-1843)

2 3/16 x 2 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Henry Williams of an elderly Jacksonian Era American gentleman depicted with a sky background and wearing his hair "en queue"

Elderly Jacksonian Era American Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background and Wearing His Hair 'en Queue'

American
dated 1824
by Henry Williams
(1787-1830)
(signed obverse, lower right, "H. Williams / 1824")

1 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Henry Williams of a Jacksonian Era American gentleman depicted with a sky background and wearing an ornate cravat pin

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background and Wearing an Ornate Cravat Pin

American
circa 1825
by Henry Williams (1787-1830)
(signed obverse, lower right, "Williams")

1 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait by Nathaniel Rogers of a Jacksonian era American gentleman

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman

American
circa 1825
by Nathaniel Rogers (1787-1844)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature attributed to Daniel Dickinson of a Jacksonian Era American girl

Jacksonian Era American Girl

American
circa 1825
attributed to Daniel Dickinson
(1795-1877)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anna Claypoole Peale of a young Jacksonian Era American lady wearing a black dress with a large, organza collar

Young, Jacksonian Era American Lady
Wearing a Black Dress with a Large, Organza Collar

American
circa 1825
by Anna Claypoole Peale
(1791-1878)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anna Claypoole Peale of a Jacksonian Era American gentleman with blond hair and blue eyes

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman
with Blond Hair and Blue Eyes

American
circa 1825-1830
by Anna Claypoole Peale
(1791-1878)

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

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anson Dickinson of a Jacksonian Era American gentleman depicted with an open collar

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman
Depicted with an Open Collar

American
circa 1825
by Anson Dickinson
(1779-1852)

2 1/2 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait by John Wood Dodge of a Jacksonian Era American gentleman with blond hair and sideburns

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman
with Blond Hair and Sideburns

American
circa 1830-1835
by John Wood Dodge
(1807-1893)

2 1/2 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait of William Taylor (1763-1838), surveyor and mapmaker, and life-long resident of Boston -- artist unknown

William Taylor (1763-1838),
Surveyor, Mapmaker and Life-long Resident of Boston

American
circa 1830-1838
Artist unknown

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame; engraved to reverse, "William Taylor / 1763-1838"

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis, depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman in formal attire

Jacksonian Era New England
Gentleman in Formal Attire

American
circa 1830
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis of a Jacksonian Era American girl wearing gold jewelry and a tortoiseshell hair comb

Jacksonian Era American Girl
Wearing Gold Jewelry and a Tortoiseshell Hair Comb

American
circa 1830-1835
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anna Claypoole Peale of Lucy Ann Bainbridge (1814-1884), daughter of Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833)

Lucy Ann Bainbridge (1814-1884; Mrs. Ashbel Green Jaudon),
Daughter of U.S. Naval Hero, Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833)

American
circa 1833
by Anna Claypoole Peale
(1791-1878)

2 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis, depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman wearing a brown coat

Jacksonian Era New England
Gentleman
Wearing a Brown Coat

American
dated 1834
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

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

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait by Hugh Bridport of a Jacksonian era American gentleman

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman

American
circa 1835
by Hugh Bridport
(ca. 1794-1868)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait of a Jacksonian Era American Lady -- artist unknown

Jacksonian Era American Lady

American
circa 1835
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis, depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman wearing a yellow, douible breasted, shawl collar vest

Jacksonian Era New England Gentleman
Wearing a Yellow, Double Breasted, Shawl Collar Vest

American
dated 1836
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature by Washington Blanchard depicting a bearded Jacksonian Era American gentleman seated in a chair.

Bearded Jacksonian Era American Gentleman,
Seated in a Chair

American
circa 1835-1840
by Washington Blanchard (1808-1855)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a Smith's half-case wallet frame with an ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Christopher Martin Greiner, depicting a Jacksonian Era gentleman identified as Mr. Harrington

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman
Identified as 'Mr. Harrington
'

German-American
circa 1837-1840
by Christopher Martin Greiner (1809-1885)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait of a Jacksonian Era American lady (artist unknown) with a rare, dry-pressed four-leaf clover to the reverse

Jacksonian Era American Lady with a Rare,
Dry-Pressed Four-Leaf Clover to the Reverse

American
dated April 1838
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a double-sided gilt metal pendant frame
with beveled glass lenses to the obverse and reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Christopher Martin Greiner, depicting a Jacksonian Era American lady wearing a lace shawl and gold jewelry

Jacksonian Era American Lady
Wearing a Lace Shawl and Gold Jewelry

German-American
circa 1840
by Christopher Martin Greiner (1809-1885)

(signed obverse, lower right edge, "Greiner")

1 13/16 x 2 5/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal locket case

Formerly a holding of the Susan Burrows Swan Collection
(Susan Burrows Swan 1928-2010, former curator, Winterhur Museum, Winterhur, Delaware)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Christopher Martin Greiner, depicting a Jacksonian Era American gentleman

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman

German-American
circa 1840
by Christopher Martin Greiner (1809-1885)

(signed obverse, lower right edge, "Greiner")

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait of a Jacksonian Era American Gentleman -- artist unknown

Jacksonian Era American Gentleman

American
circa 1840
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Henry Colton Shumway depiting a Jacksonian era New York gentleman

Jacksonian Era New York Gentleman

American
circa 1840
by Henry Colton Shumway (1807-1884)

2 x 2 3/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame with a memorial hair reticle
and an elegant, machine turned guilloché engraving to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Clarissa Peters Russell  (frequently referred to as Mrs. Moses B. Russell) depicting a mid nineteenth century American girl with blond hair and blue eyes

Mid Nineteenth Century American Girl
with Blond Hair and Blue Eyes

American
circa 1840
by Clarissa Peters Russell (1809-1854)

1 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Clarissa Peters Russell (frequently referred to as Mrs. Moses B. Russell) depicting Harriette Augusta Wetherell at the age of 6 months

Harriette Augusta Wetherell (1843-1921),
Painted at the Age of 6 Months

American
dated September 10, 1843
by Clarissa Peters Russell (1809-1854)

1 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in an octagonally-shaped gold brooch with a beveled glass lens

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Sarah Peters (later Grozelier) depicting Benjamin Sumner Procter at about the age of 25

Benjamin Sumner Procter (1819-1897),
Painted at about the Age of 25

American
circa 1844
by Sarah Peters (later Grozelier; 1821-1907)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight; half side of frame measures 3 3/16 x 3 5/8 inches)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a hinged wallet frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Carlin, depicting a distinguished looking American gentleman of the mid nineteenth century

Distinguished Looking American Gentleman
of the Mid Nineteenth Century

American
circa 1845
by John Carlin (1813-1891)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Carl Adolph Weidner depicting Robert Loder of East Orange, Essex, New Jersey, painted at the age of 2

Robert Loder of East Orange, Essex, New Jersey,
Painted at the Age of 2

American
dated 1893
by Carl Adolph Weidner (1865-1906)

2 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in an ornately designed ormolu (gilt bronze) frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Caroline Couper Stiles Lovell of a late nineteenth century American lady of the Deep South

Late Nineteenth Century American Lady
of the Deep South

American
dated 1899
by Caroline Couper Stiles Lovell (1862-1947)
(signed C. C. Lovell)

2 3/8 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt sterling pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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