Charming watercolor portrait, in profile facing left, of a pretty young woman. Her costume, which is quite elaborate and dates the portrait to the early 1830's, consists of a brown day dress with large gigot sleeves and a broad lace-trimmed collar, gold drop earrings, and a gold pendant or locket on a cord. Her frilled indoor day cap, trimmed with lace and pink ribbons and tied under the chin, designates her married status, and her dark brown hair is fashionably arranged in clusters of corkscrew curls at the temples.
Unsigned, from a local estate and probably of Hudson Valley or New England origin. The ebonized oval frame, with brass liner and hanging ring, shows some wear but retains what appears to be its original glass and backing. The backing paper looks like a scrap of wallpaper and we have not attempted to remove it.
A lovely little piece of Americana in untampered-with condition.
Dimensions: Image 3.5" by 2.5", frame 5.75" by 4.75" by 0.5" deep.
Condition: As found, frame has nicks and abraded areas, glass is intact and backing paper sealed. Painting appears to have little if any fading or discoloration.