Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Artist: Marion Caroline Hoffman Hartman

 

 

Portrait Miniature by Marion Caroline Hoffman Hartman Depicting an American Lady of the Reconstruction Era (Post Civil War), Painted circa 1922 from a Photograph Dating to the 1870s


American Lady of the Reconstruction Era (Post Civil War),
Painted circa 1922 from a Photograph Dating to the 1870s

American
circa 1922
Marion Caroline Hoffman Hartman (1892-1971)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

Painted early in Marion Hartman's career (circa 1922), this miniature is painted over a faint photographic base, making it a lesser quality holding than works from later in her career that were painted freehand. It was, nonetheless, considered an important addition to the collection, as it serves as a good example of Hartman's early work. It also serves as a good example of how patrons of the early twentieth century commissioned artists to paint full-color copies of black and white photographs (in this case, a photograph from two generations prior).

 

 

 

Other portraits in the Tormey-Holder Collection by Marion Hartman
(click photos for larger views and additional information):

 

Portrait Miniature by Marion Caroline Hoffman Hartman of an American Lady of the 1930s, Wearing a Mink Stole and Depicted in an Outdoor Landscape

American Lady of the 1930s, Wearing a Mink Stole
and Depicted in an Outdoor Landscape

 

 

 

 

  Click here to read an in-depth article on the life and times of Marion Hartman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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