An endearing English miniature watercolor portrait painted on card of Mrs. Ball, of Sherborn, who died in 1829. The portrait shows a middle-aged lady with her mop cap and ruff worn over a blue high-waisted day gown. She holds an open book in her hands, a symbol of an educated woman of high standing. Her bonnie blue eyes and corkscrew curls reflect her youthful spirit, and there is the hint of a smile slightly discernible behind her serious countenance.
The portrait is very well painted with fine detail and a warm background that appears to be lit in certain areas, the artist was very skilled. It is set into a molded gilt frame with suspension ring with a slightly worn finish, probably original. The portrait is in excellent condition with a provenance listed on the reverse.
Size with frame: 7" Height x 6 1/8" Width
Size of image: 4 ½" Height x 3 ¾" Width.
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