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Portrait of a Lady

ca. 1850 James Sanford Ellsworth Born: Windsor, Connecticut 1802 Died: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1874 watercolor on paper sight 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 7.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.12 Not currently on view


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These miniatures display James Sanford Ellsworth’s unique approach to painting his sitters. They are shown in profile, seated in a Victorian armchair with their hands crossed. The chair appears to dissolve into a swirling arabesque, with a “clover-leaf” halo surrounding the sitter’s head and cloudlike forms in the background.

Keywords

Portrait female - unidentified - waist length

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

paper