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American Portrait Miniature of a Lady of Lydia Rawlinson, Charles Wilson Peale, Circa 1775-80.

American Portrait Miniature of  Lydia Rawlinson,

By Charles Wilson Peale,

Circa 1775-80.

The lady who faces to the right is shown bust length.  She is wearing a white lace bonnet in her powdered bouffant hair, mauve dress with white fichu, and a black ribbon around her neck.  The background is gray-green.  The miniature is in the original gold oval case engraved with the name of the subject on the reverse.

Dimensions:  1 5/8 x 1 1/4 inches.

Provenance: Susan Burrows Swan Collection;

Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc. (Elle Shushan, Specialist)

Sothebys, New York, 1990.

Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), was a portrait and miniature painter, working in Baltimore before settling in Philadelphia. During his three years service with the Continental Army he painted Washington several times as well as most of the famous figures of the Revolution. In 1786 he opened the Peale Museum in Independence Hall.


The Charles Willson Peale attribution was confirmed by Sarah Coffin then of Sotheby's & now curator of  Design at the Copper Hewitt Museum, New York and Robin Bolton-Smith of the National Museum of American Art.

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