Portrait of a Young Girl

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Young Girl, ca. 1830, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Virginia Bullock-Willis, 1953.9.3

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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.

Portrait of a Young Girl
ca. 1830
On View
Not on view.
sight 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (8.3 x 6.4 cm) rectangle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Virginia Bullock-Willis

Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Portrait female – unidentified – waist length
  • Portrait female – child – waist length
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