Beautifully executed miniature painting, on natural organic material, of an attractive young woman. According to writing on the reverse, the sitter is Julia Weigale, of NY, and the portrait was done in 1861.
The rendering of the details, from the sheen in the hair, the brooch, the careful shadings of the dress, and the exquisite treatment of the lace, indicates that the artist was quite talented and might have had some professional training. The piece is unsigned, and an attribution has not yet been made.
The sight size of the painting is 2 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches, and is in overall wonderful condition, with no chips, cracks, bowing, or restoration. Colors are strong and vibrant. The case is gilt-edged leather, velvet lined, and is structurally in good shape, with a strong binding and a working hasp.