A fine miniature portrait by Augustus Fuller, done on natural material. The sitter is an attractive hazel-eyed woman sporting sausage curls and wearing a white lace bonnet, a white lace fichu with a centered brooch, and a black dress. Fuller took pains in this painting to the extent of showing details of the dress design with faint white highlights, shown in the second photo.
The condition of the painting is excellent, and viewed in person the miniature is far better than the photo shows. The sight size is 3" by 2 3/8" and the later frame is 3 1/4" by 2 5/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: 1. Augustus Fuller (1812-1873), born deaf, received instruction in drawing and painting classes when he attended the Connecticut Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, graduating in 1828. In 1833 he studied with Chester Harding. Augustus Fuller worked as an itinerant portrait painter from about 1829 to 1859 in towns along the Connecticut River Valley, New York, southern New Hampshire, and throughout Massachusetts. Fuller's miniatures are very much admired and in great demand by collectors.
2. An excellent article about Fuller by Michael and Suzanne Payne appeared in the 2017 Winter edition of the magazine "Antiques & Fine Art", and can be found at https://www.incollect.com/articles/augustus-fuller-1812-1873-triumph-over-disability-a-deaf-folk-portrait-painter-in-nineteenth-century-america