A superbly limned portrait by Daniel Dickinson, done in watercolor on natural material. The sitter is a young man of the Brown family of Philadelphia. This painting was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, "Exhibition of Miniatures", April 22 - May 6, 1893, and was descended through the Brown family..
The condition of the miniature is superb, with no issues of any kind. The gold bezel is original, but the frame is a later Wiebold Studio reproduction, with both of these also being without problems. Sight size is 3" by 2 3/4", while the overall size is 5 3/4" by 5 3/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Daniel Dickinson (1795-1866) was the son of the amateur portrait painter Oliver Dickinson, Jr. and the younger brother of Anson Dickinson, who achieved more fame painting miniatures than did his brother, though Daniel was an extremely fine artist in his own right. He is believed to have studied in New Haven, Connecticut around 1812. In 1818 he moved to Philadelphia, where he painted miniatures and portraits until 1846. The following year Dickinson moved to nearby Camden, New Jersey, and as time passed he abandoned his career as a portrait painter and devoted himself to horticulture.
Dickinson's works are not common, are highly sought after, and provide an interesting contrast to those of his brother, Anson.