An uncommon c1840 miniature by Richard Morrell Staigg, signed lower right. The sitter is a blue-eyed young woman, simply posed in a black dress with lace edging at the bodice. Presented in 1/2 of a dag case. The sight size is 3" by 2 1/4".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Richard Morrell Staig was born in England in 1817 and moved to the U.S. in 1831, first settling in Newport, RI. While there, Staigg studied under Jane Stuart, Gilbert Stuart's daughter. He then moved to Boston where he maintained a studio and studied under Washington Allston. Staigg belonged to the Boston Artists' Association and he was a regular exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, NYC, of which he was elected an associate in 1856, and an academician in 1861. He also showed at the Royal Academy in London, and the Paris Salon. From around 1861 until his death in 1881 he devoted himself to painting life-size portraits in oil, as well as genre pieces and landscapes.