A fine miniature portrait painting done by Thomas Seir Cummings around 1835. Although unsigned, there is no question that this work was by him. The painting is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, bowing, or paint loss. Sight size is 2 1/2" by 2", and the framed size is 4 3/8" by 3 1/2".
Thomas Seir Cummings was born in England in 1804, and was taken to NYC as a child, where he remained until he retired in 1866. He died in NJ in 1894. Cummings became a student of Henry Inman in 1821 and after three years went into partnership with him, which lasted several years. He was one of the founders of the National Academy of Design. Cummings later became one of the most successful miniaturist in the second quarter of the 19th century, and his works are in virtually every important museum in the U.S. One of his most famous pieces (shown in the second photo), a work truly unique in the world of miniaturists, is a bracelet he made with portraits of the first 9 children (of the eventual 14) that he and his wife, Jane Cook, had.