Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


British & Irish Miniature Portraits: Twentieth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each painting
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Portrait miniature by Edith Margaret Cannon, depicting a turn of the century English débutante wearing a décolleté dress of blue tulle

Turn of the Century English Débutante
Wearing a Décolleté Dress of Blue Tulle

English
dated 1900
by Edith Margaret Cannon (1856-1937)
(signed E. M. Cannon)

2 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Mabel Lee Hankey of Lady Jane Seymour Combe Née Conyngham

Lady Jane Seymour Combe Née Conyngham (1860-1941)

English
frame hallmarked 1903
by Mabel Lee Hankey (1867-1943
)
(signed Mabel Hankey)

2 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a sterling silver pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Ethel Mary Willis of a Roman Catholic cardinal in profile view

A Roman Catholic Cardinal in Profile View

English
dated 1904
by Ethel Mary Willis, ARMS (1874-1972)

4 inches diameter

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Edith Jane Maas of Thomas Henry Hamilton Perrot

Thomas Henry Hamilton Perrot (1898-1988),
Painted at the Age of 6

English
dated 1904
by Edith Jane Maas

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection
(Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Hannah Elizabeth Smith depicting Miss Edith Laura Smith, Principal of Howard College an Sister-in Law of the Artist

Miss Edith Laura Smith (1868-aft. 1928), Principal of
Howard College and Sister-in-Law of the Artist

English
dated 1908
by Hannah Elizabeth Smith (1855-1919)

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

Formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection, this miniature portrait of Miss Smith
was featured on page 255 of Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips'
"Dictionary of Miniature Painters 1870-1970".

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Edmund Gouldsmith depicting George William Seymour Seton (1885-1963), painted when he was a lieutenant in the British Royal Navy

George William Seymour Seton (1885-1963),
Painted When He Was a Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy

English
circa 1910
by Edmund Gouldsmith (1852-1932)

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

formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection
(Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature by Ida Frances Laidman: A Self Portrait of the Artist

Self Portrait of Ida Frances Laidman

English
circa 1910
by Ida Frances Laidman (1878-1962)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Edith Moreton Charlton, depicting a World War I Era English lady with golden blond hair

World War I Era English Lady
with Golden Blond Hair

English
dated 1915
by Edith Moreton Charlton (1866-1923)

2 7/8 x 3 6/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Florence Ethel Howell depicting a World War I era English lady, identified only as 'Marguerite', in almost-profile view

World War I Era English Lady, Identified only
as "Marguerite", in Almost-Profile View

English
dated 1916
by Florence Ethel Howell

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection
(Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Constance E. Wise of a young English lady of the World War I era, depicted in almost-profile view

Young English Lady of the World War I Era,
in Almost-Profile View

English
dated 1916
by Constance E. Wise

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with an ornate crown

formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection
(Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Emily Gertrude Kenyon of a handsome World War I era British Army officer

Handsome World War I Era British Army Officer

English
circa 1917
by Emily Gertrude Kenyon

2 5/8 x 3 3/16 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Inès Octavia Hawkins Johnson of a young English lady of the early twentieth century depicted in a hairstyle and clothing of the art deco era

Young English Lady of the Early Twentieth Century
Depicted in a Hairstyle and Clothing of the Art Deco Era

English
dated September 9, 1925
by Inès Octavia Hawkins Johnson
(signed Inès Johnson)

2 7/16 x 3 3/16 inches (sight); 3 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches (including frame)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a rare, high gloss frame, also of natural ivory

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Amy Gertrude Chamberlin, depicting an early twentieth century English lady seated at a desk and reading a letter

Early Twentieth Century English Lady,
Seated at a Desk and Reading a Letter

English
dated 1929
by Amy Gertrude Chamberlin
(signed A. G. Chamberlin)

3 x 4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame

formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection
(Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Frank Samuel Eastman of Kathleen Leslie Branch Price, painted at the age of 9

Kathleen Leslie Branch Price (1921-1999),
Painted at the Age of Nine

English
dated 1931
by Frank Samuel Eastman

2 3/16 x 2 3/4 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded sterling silver pendant frame with a guilloche enamel finish

 

 

 

 

A self portrait of the artist, Lilian Emily Walton, painted in miniature

Self Portrait of the Artist, Painted from an Earlier Photograph

English
circa 1937
by Lilian Emily Walton
(1897-1992)

(signed Lilian Walton)

2 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a brass frame with an enamel finish

a personal holding of the artist until her death, in 1992

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Felicity Campbell of Sir Andrew Ashton Walter Hills, 1st Baronet of Hills Court, painted at the age of five

Sir Andrew Ashton Waller Hills (1935-1955),
1st Baronet of Hills Court, Painted at the Age of Five

English
dated 1939
by Felicity Campbell

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Lilian Emily Walton of Company Commander Audrey Ward, painted while serving in Britain's Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II

Company Commander Audrey Ward, Painted While
Serving in Britain's Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS)
During World War II

English
dated 1940
by Lilian Emily Walton
(1897-1992)
(signed L. Walton)

2 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame

a personal holding of the artist until her death, in 1992

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Lilian Emily Walton of Capt. Leonard Dowsett, painted while serving in Britain's Royal Army Ordnance Corps during World War II

Capt. Leonard Dowsett (Husband of the Artist),
Painted While Serving in Britain's Royal Army Ordnance Corps
During World War II

English
dated 1943
by Lilian Emily Walton (1897-1992)
(signed L. Walton)

3 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame

a personal holding of the artist until her death, in 1992

 

 

 

 

portrait miniature by Michael Bartlett, depicting a late twentieth century British Army officer in desert gear.

Late Twentieth Century British Army Officer
in Desert Gear and Wearing a Shemagh Scarf

English
dated 1987
by Michael Bartlett (1922-2008)

2 1/16 x 2 12/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivorine, housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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