Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


British & Irish Miniature Portraits: Nineteenth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each painting
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Portrait miniature by David Gibson depicting a Georgian Era Scottish gentleman

Georgian Era Scottish Gentleman

Scottish
dated 1800
by David Gibson
(fl. 1788-1804)

2 1/4 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a heavy, gilt metal surround with an ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Barry depicting a Georgian Era bride wearing a white dress and veil

Georgian Era Bride Wearing a White Dress and Veil

English
circa 1800
by John Barry
(fl. 1784-1827)

2 5/16 x 2 15/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a fine, gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Frederick Buck depicting a Georgian Era Irish boy identified by the initials 'J.H.'

Georgian Era Irish Boy,
Identified by the Initials 'J.H.'

Irish
circa 1800
by Frederick Buck
(1771-ca. 1840)

1 5/8 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with plaited hairwork and a gold cipher to the reverse

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

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait of a Georgian Era Lady -- artist unknown

Georgian Era Lady with Up-swept Hair, Wearing a
White Dress and a Blue and Yellow Headband

English
circa 1800
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nicholas Freese depicting a Georgian Era lady (most likely a bride) in a white gown with a high collar

Georgian Era Lady (Most Likely a Bride)
in a White Gown with a High Collar

English
circa 1800
by Nicholas Freese (ca 1761-1831)

2 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

(the finest example of Freese's work that we have encountered)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anne Mee depicting a Georgian Era bride named Eliza, wearing a white gown and veil

Georgian Era Bride Named Eliza, Wearing a White Gown and Veil

English
circa 1810
by Anne Mee (née Foldstone, ca. 1770-1851)

2 11/16 x 3 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory;housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with cobalt glass,
hairwork and the name "Eliza" carved in gold to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anne Mee depicting a Georgian Era lady wearing a colorful turban

Georgian Era Lady Wearing a Colorful Turban

English
circa 1810
by Anne Mee (née Foldstone, ca. 1770-1851)

2 3/4 x 3 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround that
was likely originally affixed within a larger frame


 

 

Portrait miniature by Andrew Plimer of his youngest daughter, Selina, depicted as an angel, at about the age of 2

Miss Selina Plimer (1809-1841), Youngest Child
of the Artist, Depicted as an Angel at about the Age of 2

English
circa 1811
by Andrew Plimer
(1763-1837)

2 1/2 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; with an ormolu mat surround

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Hopkins depicting a young, Georgian Era lover in a symbolic, Romanesque scene

Young, Georgian Era Lover Depicted in a
Symbolic, Romanesque Scene

English/Irish
circa 1811-1813
by John Hopkins (fl. 1791-1813)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a red leather traveling case
(intended to be protected from view by anyone other than its owner)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Thomas Langdon, depicting a Regency Era gentleman in three-quarter view

Regency Era Gentleman in Three-Quarter View

English
circa 1815-1820
by Thomas Langdon
(ca. 1769-1826)

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

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by James Morris Davis depicting Miss Jane Weston of Burwash, Sussex

Miss Jane Weston (1796-1835; Later Mrs. James Pattenden)
of Burwash, Sussex, Painted at the Age of 21

English
dated 1817
by James Morris Davis (ca 1790-1841)
signed and dated to the reverse

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait of a Regency Era Theologian, Depicted in His Study -- artist unknown

Regency Era Theologian, Depicted in His Study
Wearing the Black Robes and Mortarboard of a Doctor of Divinity

English
circa 1820
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait of a Regency Era Scholar -- artist unknown

Regency Era Scholar
Wearing a Black Cloak and Mortarboard

English
circa 1820
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Isaac Wane Slater, depicting a Regency Era lady wearing a finely ornamented black dress, a lace bonnet and a cashmere shawl

Regency Era Lady Wearing a Finely Ornamented
Black Dress, a Lace Bonnet and a Cashmere Shawl

English
dated 1820
by Isaac Wane Slater
(1785-1836)

2 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Isaac Wane Slater, depicting a Georgian Era lady of Worcester wearing a blue dress, lace shawl and bonnet

Georgian Era Lady of Worcester, Wearing
a Blue Dress, Lace Shawl and Bonnet

English
dated 1826
by Isaac Wane Slater (1785-1836)

2 3/4 x 3 3/8 inches (sight)

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

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait of a Late Georgian Era Lady Lying in Repose, Post Mortem -- artist unknown

Late Georgian Era Lady Lying in Repose,
Post Mortem

English
circa 1830
Artist unknown

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Maria Chalon, depicting Lieut. Col. James Noble of the 29th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry

Lieut. Col. James Noble (1788-1837) of the
29th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry,
Madras Army, Presidency of Madras, British India

English
dated 1833
by Maria Chalon
(1800-1867)

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

watercolor and gouache on ivory; housed in a large, gilded wood and gesso frame with an ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Maria Chalon, depicting Isabella Duncanson Noble, youngest sister of Lt. Col. James Noble

Isabella Duncanson Noble,
Youngest Sister of Lt. Col. James Noble

English
dated 1838
by Maria Chalon (1800-1867)

watercolor and gouache on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Essex depicting Rev. John Carey Pengelli, Victorian Era Wesleyan Minister

Rev. John Carey Pengelly (1803-1883),
Victorian Era Wesleyan (Methodist) Minister

English
circa 1840
by William Essex (ca. 1784-1869)

1 1/2 x 1 15/16 inches (sight)

enamel on porcelain; housed in a gilt metal surround with later added bale;
inscribed to the reverse, "Revd J. C. Pengelly / Painted by Essex"

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Reginald Easton of Isabella Mary Spencer Smith (1846-1870)

Isabella Mary Spencer Smith (1846-1870),
Painted at the Age of 17
(older sister of Augusta Frances Spencer Smith -- see related portrait below)

English
dated 1863
by Reginald Easton
(1806-1892)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Reginald Easton of Augusta Frances Spencer Smith (1849-1934)

Augusta Frances Spencer Smith (1849-1934),
Painted at the Age of 14
(younger sister of Isabella Mary Spencer Smith -- see related portrait above)

English
dated 1863
by Reginald Easton
(1806-1892)

2 9/16 x 3 3/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Arthur Denoon Young of a young, Victorian Era lady in profile view

Young, Victorian Era Lady in Profile View

English
dated 1895
by Arthur Denoon Young (1864-1920)

2 1/4 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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