An American portrait painting circa 1840. This oil on canvas depicts a woman holding a book, which is symbolic of learning. She is wearing a simple black dress with a fine linen collar edged with lace. At her neck is a brooch, probably a memorial brooch, with a central compartment for hair. She is also wearing a fine linen cap edged with lace. The painting is framed in a more modern but spectacular gilt frame. The frame alone is worth a couple hundred. The picture is approx. 35 1/2" by 29". Guaranteed to be as described.