Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Miniature

Artist/maker unknown, American

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1830

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
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:
1980-64-5

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

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Label:
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.