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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: Miniatures: Portrait of a Young Girl
Portrait of a Young Girl


Portrait of a Young Girl
1825
Mary Jane Simes
watercolor on ivory
sight 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.5 x 5.3 cm) oval
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
1999.27.46
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The identity of the young girl in this miniature is unknown, but it has been suggested that she was a member of the Peale family, as this miniature was purchased from Peale descendants. Children in the 1800s were often dressed as “small adults,” and here the sitter wears a child’s version of a high-waisted Empire gown, fashionable among ladies in the early part of the century.


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