A fine portrait miniature, painted on natural wafer, by Julius Rubens Ames. The sitter is a gray-eyed gentleman of serious demeanor, attired in a black coat and vest with a white shirt and tie. Presented in a cast foliate case with a glazed aperture on the reverse. Also housed in a red leather, probably original, travel case.
The condition of the painting is excellent, with no flaws to speak of. The sight size is 2 1/2" by 2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Julius Rubens Ames was born in Albany, NY in 1801, the son of the well known artist Ezra Ames. He worked as a miniaturist in Albany from around 1820 until his death there in 1850. It appears that he did relatively few miniatures, and did not sign them. Several examples of his work are in the Albany Institute of History and Art. He is known for being the author of the pamphlet "Liberty", published in 1839 by the American Anti-Slavery Society.