Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


American Artist: Philippe R. Vallée

 

 

Portrait miniature by Philippe R. Vallée (often confused with Jean François Vallée) depicting an early nineteenth centur American lady

Early Nineteenth Century American Lady

American
circa 1805
Attributed to Philippe R. Vallée
(fl. 1803-1812)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor and gouache on ivory; housed under glass in a gilded copper surround
that is set within a gutta-percha frame with a floral pattern in relief

 


Portrait miniature by Philippe R. Vallée (often confused with Jean François Vallée) depicting an early nineteenth centur American lady

A view of the portrait outside of its frame,
allowing colors and brush strokes to be viewed in better detail,
without being obstructed by the glass lens of the frame
(Click + symbol above for an enlarged view)

 

About the Artist: Philippe R. Vallée was born circa 1777 in Saint-Domingue, on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (the island that is today comprised of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic). He studied under François-André Vincent at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. First recorded in America in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1803. Relocated to New Orleans by 1810. Served in the Louisiana militia during the war of 1812, during which time he painted a miniature portrait of General Andrew Jackson, who would years later become the 7th President of the United States. Often confused with Jean François Vallée, also a French immigrant, who painted miniatures of lesser quality and also painted silhouettes. (Philippe R. Vallée's portrait of General Jackson, in particular, is often erroneously attributed to Jean François Vallée.) Listed by Barratt and Zabar (page 67), Blättel (pages 906, 907) and Lemoine-Bouchard (page 495).

 

 

  Click here to read a more in-depth article on the life and times of Philippe R. Vallée.

 

 

Other portraits in the Tormey-Holder Collection attributed to Philippe R. Vallée
(click photos for larger views and additional information):

 

Portrait miniature by Philippe R. Vallée (often confused with Jean François Vallée) depicting an early nineteenth centur American gentleman

Early Nineteenth Century American Gentleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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