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Portrait Miniature of Nathan Burnham by J. H. Gillespie

Portrait Miniature of Nathan Burnham by J. H. Gillespie

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Miniatures: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 378162

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Super portrait miniature in watercolor on paper of a young gentleman, facing left, identified as Nathan Burnham, by J. H. Gillespie, circa the 1830’s. Gillespie worked in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool in the 1820’s before moving to North America. He was in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1829, Baltimore in 1837 and Philadelphia in 1838 (he was also working in New York at some point). This portrait is probably from his American years; the young man is beautifully drawn from his peaked eyebrow to his delicate lips to his black coat and stock. Condition is good: there’s some paint loss to body color, especially at back and front of collar and at the six o’clock edge. Set in simple wood frame. Measure 4 1/4” by 4”; sight size is 2 3/4” x 2 1/4”.