A finely painted miniature portrait, done in watercolor on organic substrate, by Pierre Henri. Done against a blue background, the sitter, a nice looking young gent with blue eyes and hair en queue, is wearing a brown coat with yellow lining.
The painting is in excellent condition, with no bowing, cracks, paint loss, or restoration. Set in a frame with a glazed blue material reverse. The sight size is 1 3/4" by 1 1/4".
Pierre Henri (c 1760 - 1822) was born in Paris and often went by the name of Peter Henry. He studied portrait miniature painting in London, likely at the Royal Academy. Leaving England for America he arrived in New York City in 1788, after having been shipwrecked off the island of Hispaniola with his uncle. The following year he married the daughter of a Philadelphia sea captain. During the next thirty years, Henri traveled extensively along the eastern seaboard and southern coast, ranging from New York to Charleston and as far west as New Orleans.
Henri's works are highly sought after and appear in various museums.