Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection



American Artist: Joseph Dunckerley



Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting an early American Boston lady wearing a bonnet

Early American Boston Lady Wearing a Bonnet

circa 1785
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch frame


About the Artist: Joseph Dunckerley (alternatively spelled as Dunkerley or Dunkerly in some sources) was born in London in 1785, the son and grandson of London jewelers. He arrived to Boston, Massachusetts in 1774 with the 38th Regiment of Foot, a British Army infantry regiment, in which he served as a private. Deserted the British Army in January, 1776. In May 1776, he joined the Massachusetts Company of Artillery, in which he served as a 2nd lieutenant. In March, 1777, he was commissioned in service of George Washington's Continental Army as a 2nd lieutenant and adjutant. In May, 1778, he resigned his commission in the Continental Army and settled in Boston, where he commenced painting miniature portraits professionally. In 1787, he departed Boston and relocated to Jamaica, then a British colony. In Jamaica, he initially settled in Falmouth, where he painted miniatures. By 1794, however, he migrated to Kingston, where he was actively involved with Freemasonry. In 1796, during a period of unrest and uprisings, he joined the Jamaica Militia, serving as a lieutenant and adjutant in the St. Andrew's Regiment. Listed by Barratt and Zabar (page 91), Blättel (pages 314, 315), Bolton (page 38), Bolton & Wehle (pages 79, 80), Fielding (page 257), Johnson (page 115), and Schidlof (page 225).


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


Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting a late eighteenth century English gentleman painted in the British West Indies

Late Eighteenth Century English Gentleman,
Painted in the British West Indies



Portrait miniature by Joseph Dunckerley (alt., Joseph Dunkerley) depicting his father, Joseph Dunckerley (1728-1802), a jeweler in Georgian Era London

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






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