Louisa Charlotte Izard(?) -- Portrait Miniature -- Circa 1801 -- Edward Greene Malbone -- Watercolor on ivory -- 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches -----Gibbs Museum of Art -- Charleston, South Carolina (The way he had colored her and drawn her lovely hair she could be alive today). Placed almost in profile, the sitter becomes a little remote. Details in the background, such as the tree, serve to balance the composition.
Henry B. Bounetheau's Aunt by Edward Greene Malbone, ca. 1804, Smithsonian American Art Museum. One of my favorite miniature portraits in the collection of over 400. Miniature portraits of watercolor painted on ivory were popular before the advent of photography. The size is about 3 x 4 inches. The details of the sitter's skin tone, hair style, clothes, and gaze are exquisite.
Portrait of a Woman Andrew Plimer (British, 1763-1837) Date: late 1790s Medium: watercolor on ivory Dimensions: Framed - h:8.50 w:7.20 cm (h:3 5/16 w:2 13/16 inches) Sight - h:8.00 w:6.50 cm (h:3 1/8 w:2 1/2 inches) Department: European Painting and Sculpture Type of art work: Portrait Miniature Credit Line: The Edward B. Greene Collection Accession No.: 1941.561