Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection



Objects of Mourning: Eighteenth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each item
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Georgian Era mourning miniature depicting a young lady standing at the gravesite of a friend or loved one with the Initials of 'M. B.'

Georgian Era, Sepia-Toned Mourning Miniature
Depicting a Young Lady Standing at the Gravesite
of a Friend or Loved One with the Initials of 'M. B.'

dated 1773
Artist unknown

3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor (and possibly chopped hair) on ivory; housed in a navette-shaped gold brooch





Georgian Era mourning miniature, rich with symbolism, including a skull and crossbones, reminiscent of older memento mori pieces

Georgian Era Mourning Miniature,
Rich with Symbolism, Including a Skull and Crossbones,
Reminiscent of Older Memento Mori Pieces

circa 1780-1790
Artist unknown

1 11/16 x 2 1/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame with hair work and a seed pearl bow to the reverse





Sepia-Toned Mourning Scene to the Reverse of
a Portrait of Hannah Hardman; Inscribed,
"In Memory of Samuel and Hannah Hardman,
Whose Short but Amiable Lives Promised a
Virtuous and Engaging Maturity."

circa 1790
Artist unknown*

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame

*Hannah Hardman's portrait to the obverse was painted by Thomas Hazlehurst, but it is not known if Hazlehurst also painted this mourning scene to the reverse.





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