Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Artist Unknown

 

 

Portrait miniature by an unknown artist depicting Frederick Albrecht Vethake (1756-1810)


Frederick Albrecht Vethake (1756-1810),
Prussian-Born Immigrant to Federalist Era America

American
circa 1796
Artist unknown

1 9/16 x 2 1/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame


It has been suggested that this portrait was painted by Frederick Kemmelmeyer, but research has been unable to confirm whether Vethake and Kemmelmeyer were ever in the same city at the same time. It is believed that this portrait was painted in Boston, upon Vethake's arrival to that city from Dutch Guyana (where Vethake first lived after leaving Prussia, before ultimately immigrating to the United States).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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