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A Family Group of 3 American Portrait Miniatures c1820

A Family Group of 3 American Portrait Miniatures c1820

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Miniatures: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1337106

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An unusual family grouping of three miniature portraits on organic wafers. All pieces, clearly done by the same hand (as yet unidentified), have a wonderful "feel" to them and are cleanly executed. The reverend in his black non-liturgical clothing, his wife in her black dress with white lace and cap, and their beautiful daughter, posed beside a tree and attired in a high-waisted gown with a blue ribbon and wearing a tortoiseshell comb in her hair, are set against a blue sky background. An old inscription to the paper the portraits were wrapped in indicates that the sitters are "Probably Rev. Allen & Wife & Daughter / After whose brother Allentown, PA was named".

The paintings are housed together under glass in a late 19th century wood backed gold matte and frame, which is in fine condition. The paintings themselves are in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, paint loss, or restoration. A small amount at the bottom of the wafers on the father and mother was clipped to allow a better fit into the oval openings in the matting. The sight size of each of the miniatures is 2 3/4" by 2", with the overall frame size being 12 3/4" by 10 3/4".