Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Penelope Carwardine
George Anson Nutt (1750-1828)
at about Eight Years of Age
(identified by an engraving on the reverse)
by Penelope Carwardine (1730-1801)
1 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches (sight)
watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame
At some point in the 2 1/2 centuries since this miniature was painted, it has suffered slight abrasion in the area of the subject's face. It remains, nonetheless, a superb example of Penelope Carwardine's work.
Purchased for the collection alongside both the portrait of Mary Tymewell Blake (see below) and the portrait of Mary Nutt (also below). Mary Tymewell Blake was the second wife of Capt. George Anson Nutt (married on September 27, 1792). Mary Nutt was the second of four children born to Capt. Nutt and his first wife, Mary Smith, who died in 1791. (She was thus the step-daughter of Mary Tymewell Blake Nutt.)
About the Artist: Penelope Carwardine took up miniature painting at a young age to provide for herself following her father's financial ruin. Well established by the age of 24 (1754). In 1772, at the age of 42, she married a Mr. Butler, after which she ceased to paint professionally. Typically signed her portraits with the initials, "P C". Listed by Benezit, Blättel (pages 206, 207), Foskett (page 507) and Schidlof (page 132).
Related portraits in the Tormey-Holder Collection
(click photos for larger views and additional information):
Mary Tymewell Blake (1757-1841),
Who Later Became Mrs. George Anson Nutt
Mary Nutt (1785-1810), Daughter of Capt. George Anson Nutt
and Step Daughter of Mary Tymewell Blake Nutt