English Portrait Miniature of a Child,
A beautifully painted posthumous portrait of a young child in gold locket designed originally to be a bracelet.
Dimensions: 1 3/4 inches x 2 inches
The late eighteenth-century emergence of the modern family opened
a new era in the history of children. Once viewed as sinful, children
were instead identified as inherently good and celebrated in families
linked by bonds of affection. In miniatures created to honor beloved
children, their forms often fill the frame, reinforcing the sense that the
portrait presents a window into a childs world.With a growing
awareness of the transience of each phase of child development, adults
treasured the uniqueness of the moments in portable portraits that
tenderly recorded their sons or daughters love for a favorite toy
or pet.The growth of increasingly private, child-centered families also
made lossso frequent in an era of high mortality ratesharder to
bear, contributing to the miniatures popularity as a token of mourning.
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