These wonderful miniature portrait silhouettes date to the early part of the 19th c. - Regency period (I don't know who the artist is). They depict Emma (wife of George Prideaux) and Elizabeth Prideaux (grandfather's sister - born 1795). At least that's what it says on the back. Peeking through the tear in the paper on the back, I can see the name Emma Prideaux in much older script on the older paper backing. The silhouettes are painted on paper or card, and is rendered beautifully in black with gold colored pigment to highlight their caps and parts of clothing. The figures are finely outlined in white, so they stand out beautifully on the background. The frames are no less lovely. They are (I think) maplewood, and have a gold painted inner frame. Everything is original (except for the hanging hooks and string that somebody added much later). Sight size is 4 1/4" X 3". Overall frame size is just over 6 1/2" X 5 1/4". The glass is handblown (I can see bubbles in it). Everything in very good condition, although "Emma's" frame is scratched quite a bit, and the gesso on the inner gold frame is chipped on the bottom, and there is a small indent on the side of the frame. Elizabeth's frame is lovely.
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