This fine miniature portrait was painted in watercolor on organic material by Henry Shumway. Depicting the attractive blue-eyed sitter in a white gown and adorned only with an earring, he chose to present her with a simple classical elegance.
The condition of the miniature is excellent, with no issues, as is the gilt metal case with a glazed aperture on the reverse.
The case size is 3 1/8" by 2 5/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Henry Colton Shumway (1807, CT - 1884, NY) studied, probably with Thomas Seir Cummings, at the school of the National Academy of Design in New York City, and exhibited there until 1861, being elected a National Academician in 1832. Except for brief visits to Washington and New Orleans and summers in Connecticut, Shumway spent his entire career in New York City. He painted Governor John Trumbull, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay among others. At the height of his career, his paintings sold for three hundred dollars, an incredible sum in those times. William Dunlop placed him "in the foremost rank of miniature painters of New York."