Secondary Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Artist Unknown
Elegantly Dressed Girl of the
Bourbon Restoration Era
2 1/4 inches diameter (sight)
The subject is depicted wearing an elegant "empire dress", a style made popular by Napoleon's first wife, Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, during the First French Empire (1804-1814). The dress is fitted with an elegant high-back collar of silk lace that contributes to the young girl's look of importance. She also wears a double strand of pearls, a silk scarf and a tortoise shell hair comb -- all adding to an overall sense of refinement.
Attribution Advice Welcomed: Do you recognize aspects of this miniature portrait that you believe should be attributed to a specific artist that we have failed to consider? If so, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions and invite you to contact us.
A Note regarding Core vs. Secondary Holdings: Being that a significant amount of our time and energy is spent conducting biographical research on the lives of miniature portrait painters and the subjects they painted, we have chosen to designate as "core" those holdings that can be attributed to specific artists or are of solidly identifiable subjects. Interestingly, however, some miniatures that are designated as secondary holdings are actually more finely painted or are of greater value than some of their core holding counterparts. For the purposes of this website, they will nonetheless remain designated as secondary holdings until such time as their subjects or the artists who painted them can be identified with additional research.