Martha Battle Fort

  • Unidentified, Martha Battle Fort, ca. 1835, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Annie Fort McCardle, 1964.12.2

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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. Miniatures became popular in England during the early 1700s, commissioned by wealthy families on the occasions of births, engagements, weddings, and bereavements. These paintings, elaborately set into lockets or brooches, provided the wearer with a sentimental connection to a loved one. The back of the miniature often revealed a lock of the sitter’s hair, symbolizing affection, commitment, or loss.

Title
Martha Battle Fort
Artists
Date
ca. 1835
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7.0 x 5.7 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Annie Fort McCardle

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Fort, Martha Battle – waist length
Object Number
1964.12.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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