Coming of Age

April 1824


This piece is a crossover between a cut silhouette and a miniature portrait. The young lady’s painted profile has been cut out and laid on a dark watercolour backdrop. With her hair upswept and secured with a tortoiseshell comb, her face is framed with small natural curls. She wears a pale green short-waisted dress with pretty braiding on the bodice, the neckline and short sleeves trimmed with stiff lace. Her final touch is a coral beaded necklace.

Watercolour on card with gum arabic highlights and dated April 1824 on the reverse, the portrait is presented in a traditional papier-mâché frame with convex glass and an acorn hanger. The portrait has a small area of water damage on the girl’s arm though this is not really visible against her flesh tones. The frame has an attractive craquelure pattern to it.

Item Ref. 6748

Size: framed, 158 x 130mm (6¼ x 5⅛")