(First/Second Quarter 19th Century)
Five Portrait Miniatures of Children
each watercolor and gouache
including "Profile of Elizabeth Neville Bowerman (b. 1809) of Baltimore, Maryland"; "Girl Holding Flower in Landscape", verso with cobalt glass and pearl surround centering a locket of hair; "Infant with Red and White Lace Sash", frame backing inscribed "Cui-cui"; "Girl in Purple Chiffon Dress"; and "Girl in Pale Blue Dress with Blue Plaid Belt".
The first three glazed in rolled gold-plated oval frames, overall 3-5/8" x 2-5/8", 3-5/8" x 2-5/8" and 2-3/4" x 2", respectively.
The last two in brass surrounds mounted in ebonized frames, surrounds dia. 2-1/2" and 2-3/4", overall 5" x 4-3/4" and 5-1/4" x 5", respectively.
All five together in a glass and wood presentation case, 12" x 18".
Provenance: Bowerman portrait, the sitter's son General Richard Neville Bowerman (1831-1920), Maryland; thence by descent.
All five portraits, Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.
All five in overall good condition with no visible cracks, tears, repairs or significant losses.
Bowerman portrait - minute specks of abrading to top and left edges, likely caused by friction from frame.
Girl Holding Flower - some light rubbing and fading to pigment to the left edge behind the figure's head.
Infant - small losses and fading to background to mid-left and slight buckling to support.
Girl in Purple Dress - tiny losses and abrading to edges.
Girl in Pale Blue Dress - some rubbing/losses to pigment in green curtain in the background.
All wood frames exhibit minor nicks and scratches.
The three plated pendants have losses and rubbing to gold, accretions and oxidation - as are to be
expected with age and material.
The portraits of the girls in the wood frames and of the infant were examined out of their frames, the other
two were not, as they are in sealed pendants.