Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


British & Irish Portrait Miniatures: 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
circa 1903 (frame hallmarked 1903)
by Mabel Lee Hankey (1867-1943
)
(signed obverse, lower left edge, 'Mabel Hankey')

2 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a sterling silver pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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

Early Twentieth Century Roman Catholic
Cardinal in Profile View

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

(signed E. M. Willis, Paris, 04)

4 inches diameter

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt copper surround

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Edith Jane Maas of Thomas Henry Hamilton Perrot

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

English
dated 1904
by Edith Jane Maas (1861-1925)
(signed obverse right with 'EJM' monogram; additionally inscribed in note to reverse,
"Painted by / Edith Maas / June 1904 / at Chuntagh, Ryde [Isle of Wight]";
and engraved to reverse on edge of metal casing, "Thomas Henry Hamilton Perrot / aged five years")

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),
and pictured on page 230 of their "Dictionary of Miniature Painters 1870-1970"

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Hannah Elizabeth Smith depicting Miss Edith Laura Smith, Principal of Howard College and 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)

(signed obverse, lower right, 'H. Smith / 1908')

watercolor on ivory; housed in a later (not original to the portrait) gilt metal case with cast floral border

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

 

 

 

 

A self portrait in miniature by Ida Frances Laidman

Self Portrait in Miniature: Ida Frances Laidman

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

(signed obverse, left edge, "I. F. Laidman")

A handwritten note by the artist to the reverse of the portrait reads,
"Early Self Portrait / Ida F. Laidman / The Studio / 6a Kensington Court / Mews".

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Ida Frances Laidman depicting a World War I era Canadian military doctor

World War I Era Canadian Military Doctor

English
circa 1915-1917
by Ida Frances Laidman (1878-1962)

(signed obverse, viewer left along edge, "I. F. Laidman")

A handwritten note by the artist to the reverse of the portrait reads,
"Canadian Doctor / Winnipeg / I. F. Laidman".

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed

 

 

 

 

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 [later Nash] (1883-1936)
(signed F. E. 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 Ellen Wise of a young English lady of the World War I era, depicted in almost-profile view

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

English
dated 1916
by Constance Ellen Wise (1882-1958)
(Signed obverse, lower left, 'C. E. Wise / 1916')

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

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

formerly a holding of the Arturi Phillips Collection (Carmela Arturi and Frederick Roger Phillips),
and pictured on page 276 of their "Dictionary of Miniature Painters 1870-1970"

 

 

 

 

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

World War I Era British Army Officer

English
circa 1917
by Emily Gertrude Kenyon

(signed obverse, viewer lower left, with a monogram: EKG)

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 Art Deco period

Young English Lady of the Art Deco Period

English
dated September 9, 1925
by Inès Octavia Hawkins Johnson (1890-1973)
(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 frame of polished 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 obverse, upper right edge, 'A. G. Chamberlin. 1929')

3 x 4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper frame with decoratively cast border

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Frank Samuel Eastman of Kathleen Leslie Blanche Price, painted at the age of nine

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

English
dated 1931
by Frank Samuel Eastman
(1878-1964)
(a note to the reverse reads, 'Kathleen / Leslie Blanche Price /
Aged 9 yrs. & 2 months / January 1931 / Painted by Frank Eastman')

2 3/16 x 2 3/4 inches (sight)

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

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

(signed obverse, lower left, 'Lilian Walton')

2 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches

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

maintained in the artist's personal collection until her death, in 1992

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Felicity Campbell of Sir Andrew Ashton Waller Hills, 1st Baronet of Hills Court, Kent, at the age of five, wearing a sailor suit and holding a toy sailboat

Sir Andrew Ashton Waller Hills (1933-1955),
1st Baronet of Hills Court, Kent, at the Age of Five,
Wearing a Sailor Suit and Holding a Toy Sailboat

English
dated 1939
by Felicity Campbell (1915-1995)

(Signed "F. Campbell", obverse, lower right edge)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilded brass frame

 

 

 

 

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

Company Commander Audrey Ward, an Officer
in the British Army's Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS)
During World War II

English
dated 1940
by Lilian Emily Walton
(1897-1992)
(signed obverse, lower right, 'L. Walton')

2 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame

maintained in the artist's personal collection 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

apt. Leonard Dowsett (Husband of the Artist),
an Officer in the British Army's Royal Army Ordnance Corps
During World War II

English
dated 1943
by Lilian Emily Walton (1897-1992)
(signed obverse, lower right, 'L. Walton')

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal frame

maintained in the artist's personal collection until her death, in 1992

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Michael Bartlett of a late twentieth century British Army officer in desert gear

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

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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