Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: 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 Roberts depicting a Massachusetts Ship's Captain of the Federalist Era

Massachusetts Ship's Captain of the Federalist Era,
Identified by the Initials "S. S."

American
circa 1800
John Roberts
(ca. 1768-1803)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in an ornately engraved gilt metal pendant frame
with a bright cut engraving of the subject's initials ("S. S") on the reverse

 

 

 

 

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
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 Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting his father, Joseph Dunckerley (1728-1802), Georgian Era London jeweler

James Dunckerley (1728-1802),
Georgian Era London Jeweler and Father of the Artist

American
circa 1802
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed

 

 

 

 

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 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 Philippe R. Vallée depicting a New Orleans gentleman of the early nineteenth century

New Orleans Gentleman of the Early Nineteenth Century

American
circa 1810-1815
by Philippe R. Vallée (fl. 1803-1812)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with a green velvet bow
(believed to be original to the miniature) fastened to the top as a hanging loop

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Josef Bernhard Einsle depicting a Napoleonic Era German lady with knitting materials at her side and a calico cat on her lap

Napoleonic Era German Lady with Knitting Materials
at Her Side and a Calico Cat on Her Lap

German
dated 1812 (when German states were under domination of the French Empire)
by Josef Bernhard Einsle
(1774-1829)

2 9/16 inches diameter (sight)

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Angelo Vacca (the younger), depicting a young Italian noblewoman of Piedmont-Sardinia

Young Italian Noblewoman of Piedmont-Sardinia
(a rare, signed miniature by Angelo Vacca the younger,
miniature painter to the court of Piedmont)

Italian
circa 1815-1820
by Angelo Vacca (the younger, 1783-1823)

2 3/8 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround that
was likely originally set within a larger, more elaborate frame

formerly a holding of the Frederick Cochran Collection
(Boston securities broker Frederick Boardman Cochran -- 1860-1916)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Angelo Vacca (the younger), depicting a young Italian nobleman of Piedmont-Sardinia

Young Italian Nobleman of Piedmont-Sardinia

Italian
circa 1815-1820
by Angelo Vacca (the younger, 1783-1823)

2 1/2 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround that
was likely originally set within a larger, more elaborate frame

formerly a holding of the Frederick Cochran Collection
(Boston securities broker Frederick Boardman Cochran -- 1860-1916)

 

 

 

 

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 Benjamin Trott depicting an early American gentleman

Early American Gentleman

American
circa 1815
by Benjamin Trott (ca. 1770-1843)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

formerly a holding of the John and Ann Windle Antique Collection (Madison, Indiana)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Anna Claypoole Peale, depicting a handsome Early American gentleman

Handsome Early American Gentleman

American
circa 1818
by Anna Claypoole Peale
(1791-1878)

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

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Marie-Honoré Renaud depicting a handsome French gentleman of the Bourbon Restoration Era

Handsome French Gentleman of the
Bourbon Restoration Era

French
dated 1819
by Marie-Honoré Renaud (ca. 1797-after 1857)

2 5/8 inches diameter (sight)

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Isaac Wane Slater, depicting a Regency Era lady wearing a finely ornamented black dress, a lace bonnet and a cashere 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 Henry Williams, depicting an early American gentleman of Boston wearing his hair 'en queue'.

Early American Gentleman of Boston
Wearing His Hair 'en Queue'

American
dated 1824
by Henry Williams
(1787-1830)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Henry Williams, depicting an early American gentleman of Boston, fashionably attired with a high collar and ornate cravat pin

Early American Gentleman of Boston,
Fashionably Attired with a High Collar and Ornate Cravat Pin

American
circa 1825
by Henry Williams (1787-1830)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with a cast foliate rim

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis, depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman in formal attire

Jacksonian Era New England
Gentleman in Formal Attire

American
circa 1830
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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 William Lewis, depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman wearing a brown coat

Jacksonian Era New England
Gentleman
Wearing a Brown Coat

American
dated 1834
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

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

watercolor on ivory; currently unframed

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis, depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman wearing a yellow, douible breasted, shawl collar vest

Jacksonian Era New England Gentleman
Wearing a Yellow, Double Breasted, Shawl Collar Vest

American
dated 1836
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature by Washington Blanchard: depicting a bearded nineteenth century American gentleman seated in a chair.

Bearded Nineteenth Century American Gentleman,
Seated in a Chair

American
circa 1835-1840
by Washington Blanchard (1808-1855)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a Smith's half-case wallet frame with an ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Christopher Martin Greiner, depicting a Jacksonian Era gentleman identified as Mr. Harrington

Jacksonian Era Gentleman Identified as Mr. Harrington

German-American
circa 1837-1840
by Christopher Martin Greiner (1809-1885)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with a cast foliate rim

 

 

 

 

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 John Carlin, depicting a distinguished looking American gentleman of the mid nineteenth century.

Distinguished Looking American Gentleman
of the Mid Nineteenth Century

American
circa 1845
by John Carlin (1813-1891)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Marie de Chevarrier, depicting young girl of the Second French Empire with large, captivating eyes

Young Girl of the Second French Empire with
Large, Captivating Eyes

French
circa 1860
by Marie de Chevarrier (1834-1899)

1 7/16 x 1 3/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with mother of pearl to the reverse

 

 

 

 

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 Carl Adolph Weidner depicting Robert Loder of East Orange, Essex, New Jersey, painted at the age of 2

Robert Loder of East Orange, Essex, New Jersey,
Painted at the Age of 2

American
dated 1893
by Carl Adolph Weidner (1865-1906)

2 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in an ornately designed ormolu (gilt bronze) frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Joseph-Emmanuel Van Driesten depicting an elegantly dressed Parisian lady of the late nineteenth century

Elegantly Dressed Parisian Lady
of the Late Nineteenth Century

French
dated 1893
by Joseph-Emmanuel Van Driesten (1853-1923)
[signed Jh. V. Driesten]

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in an ornate ormolu (gilt bronze) frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature in enamel by John William Bailey, depicting a chamption English bulldog named "Grabber"

A Champion English Bulldog Named "Grabber"

English
dated 1894
by John William Bailey

1 3/4 inches diameter

enamel on porcelain, set in a gold mount

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Caroline Couper Stiles Lovell of a late nineteenth century American lady of the Deep South

Late Nineteenth Century American Lady
of the Deep South

American
dated 1899
by Caroline Couper Stiles Lovell (1862-1947)
(signed C. C. Lovell)

2 3/8 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt sterling pendant frame

 

 

 

 

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