Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Miniature

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1800

Oil on canvas

28 1/16 x 23 9/16 inches (71.3 x 59.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the estate of Edgar W. and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1980

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This portrait of a young woman may have commemorated an engagement or marriage. Miniatures were very personal images and wearing them as a locket or broach was typically an expression of romantic love, parental affection, or mourning. In this image the woman's shy smile and jaunty dog-itself a symbol of fidelity-suggest a celebration of romantic love.