A miniature portrait painting by Abraham Parsell, done in his recognizable style with somewhat frizzy hair, and the sitter posed with his arm on a chair. Housed in its original cast foliate frame with a rear aperture containing a lock of hair.
The painting is 2 5/16" by 1 7/8", while the overall locket size is 2 1/2" by 2 1/8". Condition is excellent with no chips, cracks, bowing, paint loss or restoration.
Note: Abraham Parsell (1792 - after 1856), a popular American folk miniature painter, was born in Neshanic, New Jersey in 1791. He married Mary Richards in New Jersey on March 23, 1819, and is recorded in New York City directories as living in Manhattan from 1820 to 1856. Examples of Abraham Parsell's work are in many museums, including the collection of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the New Jersey Historical Society. An article "Abraham Parsell: Miniature Painter" by Vincent DiCicco and Howard P. Fertig appeared in the anniversary issue of the magazine Antiques and Fine Art.