American Portrait Miniature of a Lady
Attributed to James Peale,
The lady in amazing color is facing to her right wearing a blue dress with a white fichu and a white cap adorned with a blue ribbon. Her hair is dark brown. The background is hatched in shades of brown, beige, mauve and blue. The oval miniature is set in the original red moroccan leather case.
Dimensions: 2 1/2 inches high x 2 inches.
Provenance: Susan Burrows Swan Collection;
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc. (Elle Shushan)
Condition: Thumb print to lower left.
James Peale (1749-1831) was, with his brother Charles Willson Peale, one of the greatest miniaturists of late 18th and early 19th century America. He served in the Continental Army as a captain before going into business in Philadelphia with Charles in 1779. In 1786, the brothers split the work, Charles doing large portraits and James
painting miniatures. Unlike his brother's James' portraits were vibrant, with bright, fresh colors. Peale instructed his daughter, Anna Claypoole Peale, and they worked together for many years. His work is represented in almost every major American museum collection.
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