Signed "Inman 1842" along the right edge, this fine miniature portrait is purportedly of Theodore Roosevelt's grandmother. Painted with watercolors on organic material, it shows the sitter simply attired in a black dress with a lace collar, with the only other adornment being a brooch on that collar.
A later note on the back of the bronze frame states that the sitter is Mrs. Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt (nee Margaret Barnhill). Margaret was the mother of Theodore Roosevelt Sr., the grandmother of Theodore Roosevelt, and the great grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt. Portraits and later photographs support this identification.
The frame and painting are in excellent condition with only a few minor nicks at the painting's edges, which are hidden by the frame. Sight size is is 3" by 2 1/2", and the overall size is 4 3/4" by 4 1/8".
Provenance: From a major NJ collection which was assembled during the 1950s and 1960s.