Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection



Secondary Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Artist Unknown



Late Georgian Era Lady Lying in Repose,
Post Mortem

circa 1835
Artist unknown

3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (sight)


Depicted is a beautiful, Late Georgian Era lady, painted shortly after death. She rests peacefully on a plush pillow, nestled behind green privacy drapes. Her beauty is preserved as if for eternity -- her skin soft and youthful, her lips inviting. No doubt, this last image of the deceased was a treasured memento of the individual who commissioned her portrait.

The best of art engages the viewer or evokes emotion. This portrait does both. One cannot help but wonder who the young lady was and how she died. What must it have been like, too, for the painter, sitting in her presence, wanting to capture the best image and preserve the best memory possible for his or her patron?


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.






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