Between 1811 and 1840, Nathaniel Rogers was one of the most prolific miniaturists working in New York City. His works are usually painted in a restricted palette of dark grays, greens, and browns. He apprenticed with fellow miniaturist Joseph Wood, and his career blossomed after 1812. Stricken with tuberculosis in 1825, Rogers stayed on Long Island while maintaining a New York City studio. He helped found the National Academy of Design in New York in 1826, and retired to his Long Island farm in 1839.