Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Artist: James Passmore Smith

 

 

Miniature portrait by James Passmore Smith of a young Jacksonian era lady depicted among clouds

Young Jacksonian Era Lady
Depicted Among Clouds

American
circa 1830
by James Passmore Smith
(1803-1888)

1 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt metal
case with a cast foliate border and bail

One might easily assume that this is a mourning portrait for the young
lady (thus, presumably deceased when painted), but Smith often
painted the background of portraits with bold sky and cloud designs.
Thus, the young lady was more likely very much alive when her
portrait was painted.

 

 

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

 

Miniature portrait by James Passmore Smith of a Jacksonian Era gentleman with dark, wavy hair and sideburns

Jacksonian Era Gentleman with Dark,
Wavy Hair and Sideburns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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