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THOMAS WINSOR MINIATURE Rufus Hathaway (1770–1822) Duxbury, Massachusetts 1797 Oil on ivory, in gold locket 2 3/8 in. diam. American Folk Ar...

Thomas Winsor Miniature: Rufus Hathaway Duxbury, Massachusetts 1797 Oil on ivory, in gold locket, American Folk Art

Circa 1795 Miniature of Two Sisters little girls children

Circa 1795 Miniature of Two Sisters little girls children

Portrait with Braid. These were commissioned by families and friends to commemorate births, weddings, engagements, deaths, and for those going off to war. "Portraiture was the most popular and sought-after form of painting in Britain from the late 16th century until the mid 19th century because British patrons prized, above all, lifelike portraits of themselves, their family, and their friends," says Mark Evans, senior curator of paintings at London's Victoria & Albert Museum

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Portrait with Braid. These were commissioned by families and friends to commemorate births, weddings, engagements, deaths, and for those going off to war.

Miniature, 1590-1600, English, Oil on rock crystal with silvergilt fittings

Miniature

Portrait miniature, circa English, oil on rock crystal with silvergilt fittings.

Colonel Thomas Pinckney, Jr.  Painted by Edward Greene Malbone  1801  watercolor on ivory  Gibbes Museum

Thomas Pinckney II, son of General Thomas Pinckney, and grandson of Col. He was married to Elizabeth Izard (see her portrait). Painted by Edward Greene Malbone 1801 watercolor on ivory. Gibbes Museum, Charleston, S.

Katherine Howard, 18th Century Minature based on Holbein's Painting of Elizabeth Seymour    This is a much later portrait miniature that uses the Holbein image now thought to be Elizabeth Seymour, sister of Queen Jane Seymoour--although that reidentification is now being disputed. This may indeed be Katherine after all.

This is a much later portrait miniature that uses the Holbein image now thought to be Elizabeth Seymour, sister of Queen Jane Seymoour--although that reidentification is now being disputed. This may indeed be Katherine after all.

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A Pennsylvania Folk Art Collection by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo with photography by Erik Kvalsvik Four cast-iron eagles who greet visitors outs.

Portrait of a Woman  Villers  (French, active ca. 1781–93)  Date: ca. 1790 Medium: Ivory Dimensions: Oval, 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (60 x 48 mm) Classification: Miniatures Credit Line: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900 Accession Number: 26.168.55

Portrait of a Woman Villers (French, active ca. 1790 Medium: Ivory Dimensions: Oval, 2 x 1 in. x 48 mm) Classification: Miniatures Credit Line: Bequest of Collis P.

Charles-Pierre Cior, Portrait of a little girl in white dress with lace trim, ca.1810

Charles-Pierre Cior, Portrait of a little girl in white dress with lace trim…

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel John Wingfield - 1803  Made in England  Artist: John Smart (English, 1742/43 - 1811)  watercolor on ivory  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel John Wingfield - 1803 Made in England Artist: John Smart (English, - watercolor on ivory Philadelphia Museum of Art

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