A fine pair of strongly painted miniature portraits done on natural wafer. Based on the technique and the area in which the sitters lived (Cincinnati), a strong attribution to Richard Verbrick can be made.
The woman is finely attired in a black puffy sleeved dress with lace at the collar and a wide black belt. Her jewelry includes a brooch at her neckline and earrings, with a tortoiseshell comb in her hair. The gent is wearing a black coat, white shirt, collar, and ascot.
The condition of the paintings is excellent, with no issues, as is that of the ebonized frames. The white at the top of each is light reflection. Sight size is 3 1/4" by 2 1/2", and the frame size is 6" by 5 1/4".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Richard Verbryck (1784 - after 1860)was born in Somerset County, NJ. He moved with his family (his parents were of Dutch ancestry) to Mercer County, KY, in 1800. It appears he was living in Warren County, OH by 1806 (with his brother) and he advertised in Cincinnati in the 1813 to 1831 period. One of the earliest miniature painters to work in Ohio and Indiana, and was highly successful (working also in Kentucky). His name also appears as Verbryke (the artist's preferred spelling), Verbrick, and Verbrycke.
An example of his work is in the Cincinnati Art Museum.