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A fine watercolor on card portrait done by Paul Gomien. The sitter is a woman wearing a puffy sleeved gray-blue dress with a lace collar. Her accessories include a black belt and a gold necklace.
In addition to being signed "Gomien" and dated "1822" along the center right edge the reverse has a trade card reading "P. Gomien/Peintre, Rue St. Honore No 247 pres le Palais Royal". For the period and location this is quite rare. The framing attests to the expense of the piece at the time it was painted, being of a heavy dark wood with a surround (bezel) of bronze.
The condition of the painting is excellent, with no flaws or restoration. The white streak on the true left side of the sitter's face is due to a reflection. Sight size is 5" by 3 5/8" and the overall size is 8 3/8" by 6 1/2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Paul Gomien (1799 Villers-les-Nancy - 1846 Paris) came when very young to Paris and became a pupil of the portrait miniaturist Mansion. Gomien exhibited with success at the Salon from 1822 to 1846 and painted numerous miniatures on ivory, as well as portraits in watercolor and oils. At the beginning his miniatures were strongly influenced by Isabey. Schidlof calls him "a miniaturist of great quality whose name is not as well-known as it deserves to be".