Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Artist: John Wood Dodge

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Wood Dodge of a mid-nineteenth century American Naval Officer, painted in Natchez, Mississippi

Mid-Nineteenth Century American Naval Officer,
Painted in Natchez, Mississippi

American
dated 1850*
by John Wood Dodge
(1807-1893)

2 x 2 3/4 inches (sight); frame measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a wooden frame with a gilded metal mat

*backing paper to the reverse of the portrait is inscribed in graphite:
"Painted by / John W. Dodge / Feb'y 1850 / Natchez Miss."


John Wood Dodge kept a detailed account book, in which he recorded the names of sitters for whom he painted portraits. His log makes mention of three gentlemen he painted in Natchez in February of 1850: James Metcalf, David Ker, and a Mr. Ernest. Thus far, research has not been able to determine which of these three individuals might be the subject of this portrait.

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Wood Dodge of a mid-nineteenth century American Naval Officer, painted in Natchez, Mississippi

A view of the portrait outside of its frame, allowing the
colors and brush strokes to be seen more clearly without
the distortion caused by the protective glass lens of the frame
(Click + symbol above for an enlarged view)

 

 

Other portraits in the Tormey-Holder Collection by John Wood Dodge
(click photo for larger view and additional information):

 

Portrait miniature by John Wood Dodge of a Jacksonian era gentleman with blond hair and sideburns

Jacksonian Era Gentleman
with Blond Hair and Sideburns

 

 

Jacksonian Era Lady
Wearing Coral Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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