A miniature portrait, done in watercolor on organic wafer, and signed on the reverse: "Painted by/ T. Barratt/ 136 Chestnut/ Phila/ 1838". The sitter is a young gentleman with sideburns, wearing a black jacket and cravat. Presented in a gilt metal foliate case with an empty glazed rear aperture.
The painting has no chips, cracks, bowing, mold, paint loss, etc., with the case also being in fine condition. The overall size is 2 3/4" by 2 3/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Thomas E. Barratt (c1814 - after 1854) came to the United States after 1833 and flourished in Philadelphia. He often exhibited between 1837 and 1849 at the Artists’ Fund Society and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work is similar to that of Rembrandt Peale. Examples of Barratt's miniatures are in the Metropolitan Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.