Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


British & Irish Portrait Miniatures: 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 James Barry (typically referred to as John Barry) of a young, Georgian era lady (likely a bride), depicted with a skiy backgroiund and wearing a white dress and lace veil

Young, Georgian Era Lady (Likely a Bride),
Depicted with a Sky Background and Wearing a
White Dress and Lace Veil

English
circa 1800
by James Barry (also known as John Barry; fl. 1784-1827)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a 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 with the initials "J. H."

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 a Georgian era lady depicted with a sky backgroiund -- artist unknown

Georgian Era Lady with Up-Swept Hair,
Depicted with a Sky Background

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 of a Georgian era lady in a white gown with a high collar

Georgian Era Lady Wearing a
White Gown with a High Collar

English
circa 1810
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 John Hopkins of a young, Georgian lady, painted in the nude and depicted in a symbolic, Romanesque scene

Young, Georgian Lady, Painted in the Nude and
Depicted in a Symbolic, Romanesque Scene

English
circa 1811-1813
by John Hopkins (fl. 1791-1813)
(Inscribed to reverse, "Painted by John Hopkins / Aske Terrace / City Road")

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a hinged, red leather traveling case (only partially shown)

 

 

 

 

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 (not shown)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by James Morris Davis of 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

 

 

 

 

Late Georgian Era University Scholar,
Identified by the Monogrammed Initials 'E.A.',
Wearing a Black Stole and Mortarboard

English
circa 1820-1830
Artist unknown

2 3/8 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with cobalt glass,
plaited hair and a seed pearl monogram to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of a late Georgian era theology student holding a bible open to the passage of 1 John 5:7

Late Georgian Era Theology Student
Holding a Bible Open to the Passage of 1 John 5:7

English
circa 1820-1830
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with opalescent glass,
elaborate hair art and seed pearls to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of a late Georgian era university scholar wearing a black cloak and mortarboard

Late Georgian Era University Scholar,
Identified by the Monogrammed Initial 'F',
Wearing a Black Cloak and Mortarboard

English
circa 1820-1830
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with cobalt glass and a seed pearl monogram to the reverse

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Post Mortem Portrait of a Late Georgian Era Lady Lying in Repose -- 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 of Lieut. Col. James Noble of the 29th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry

Lieut. Col. James Noble (1788-1837) of the
29th Regiment of Native Infantry on the Madras Establishment
at the East Indies Company of Masulipatnam, British India

English
dated 1833
by Maria Chalon (1800-1867)
(signed on backing paper to the reverse, "Maria Chalon pinxt / 1833")

3 3/8 x 4 inches (sight); frame measures 9 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilded wood and gesso frame with an ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

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

Miss Isabella Duncanson Noble (1790-1870,
Youngest Sister of Lt. Col. James Noble),
Wearing a Tartan Shawl, a Large Gold Brooch
and a Pearl Ferronnière

English
dated 1838
by Maria Chalon
(1800-1867)
(inscribed on backing paper to the reverse, "Portrait of /
Miss Noble / painted by / Maria Chalon / Septr. 1838")

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt copper 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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