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Artist: Unknown
Artist, formerly attributed to: Thomas Hazard Parker, American, 1801–after 1851

Young Lady Seated in a Chair

ca. 1820

Watercolor on ivory

5 × 4 1/4 in. (12.7 × 10.8 cm)
Promised bequest of Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch and Alvin Deutsch, LL.B. 1958, in honor of Kathleen Luhrs

This richly detailed portrait of a woman in a domestic setting is a harbinger of the new larger and bolder style of miniature introduced in the Jacksonian Era. The rectangular shape and gleaming rich colors produce the effect of a tiny oil painting, designed to hang on the wall as part of a cluster of familial images. The ocean view in the distant background, with a ship bearing an American flag, suggests that the sitter’s husband may be at sea. The unusual frame, made of whale baleen, also points to the likelihood that this exquisite portrait originated from a seafaring region—coastal Massachusetts or Nantucket, perhaps.

Probably made in United States
Not on view
19th century

Sotheby's Arcade, July 17, 1984, lot 94, Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch and Alvin Deutsch

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