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Portrait of a Lady

ca. 1830 Pamelia Hill Born: Framingham, Massachusetts 1803 Died: Framingham, Massachusetts 1860 watercolor on ivory 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7.0 x 5.7 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore 1950.4.45 Not currently on view

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It is not always possible to identify the sitter in a miniature portrait, and research is still being done on some of the works in the Museum’s collection. The age of the woman in this piece suggests the miniature may have been commissioned on the occasion of her marriage. The girl’s large brown eyes, dark hair, and rosy cheeks stand out against her pale complexion and, together with the pure white gown, emphasize her youthful innocence.


Portrait female - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor