An extremely powerful portrait attributed to Jeremiah Paul Jr., though it is possible that Benjamin Trott was the artist. In any case, due to the technique and strong features of the sitter, the painting has an immediate impact on the viewer and was done by a highly skilled artist.
The overall condition of the painting is excellent, as is the case, The size is 2 7/8" by 2 1/4". Please note that the first photo is an accurate depiction of the miniature, and the second photo, which has all manner of lighting issues, is only presented to show the case.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jeremiah Paul (1770's - 1820) was a miniaturist, portrait, figure, and animal painter whose career began in Philadelphia, PA, in the 1790s. The son of a Quaker schoolmaster, Paul received his early training from Charles Willson Peale and in 1795 participated in the founding of the Columbianum, Peale's ill-fated attempt to establish an art academy in America. At times, Gilbert Stuart also worked closely with and influenced Paul. Along with Paul, Rembrandt Peale was a fellow student. He later turned to portraiture and in 1796, with several other Philadelphia artists, formed the firm of Pratt, Ritter & Co., whose aim was 'to undertake all manner of commissions, from the painting of portraits. In 183 he exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. During his career he also worked in Charleston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and the West.
Examples of Paul's works are relatively uncommon and highly sought after.