Miss Lettie Stanley

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Miss Lettie Stanley

Artist
Unidentified
Sitter
Lettie Stanley
Luce Center Label
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. The daguerreotype, invented in 1839, provided a cheaper, faster alternative, and portrait miniatures grew less popular. At the turn of the twentieth century, with the establishment of the American Society of Miniature Painters, miniatures enjoyed a brief revival. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore
ca. 1810
Object number
1950.4.29
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Type
Painting-Miniature
Medium
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions
3 x 2 3/8 in. (7.6 x 5.9 cm) oval
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Topic
Dress\accessory\hat
Figure female\elderly\bust
Portrait female\bust
Record ID
saam_1950.4.29
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7f2610cd8-4a76-4664-bb07-7afa43a5912f