American Artist: Raphaelle Peale
Unknown Federalist Era Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background
in the manner of Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825)*
2 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches (sight)
watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with plaited hair in a compartment to the reverse
*Stylistically, other than how low the subject is placed on the ivory, this miniature comports strongly with works known to be by Raphaelle Peale (see, for example, a signed miniature by Peale, dated 1801, that sold at auction in 2013). It is likely an early work by Peale, painted while his style was still evolving; but being that it lacks a signature or other identifying mark, it is difficult to make a firm attribution.