A lovely and ethereal miniature of a blond-haired, blue-eyed beautiful young girl. Signed center left "T.R. Manley 1900", it is in its original gilt sterling case with a beaded edge, with the reverse appearing to be evenly tarnished. Excellent condition with no problems, and measuring 3 1/4" by 2 3/4".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE : Thomas Rathbone Manley (1853 - 1938), later referred to as "The Dean of the Montclair (NJ) Artists". Originally studying law, he realized his love was painting and enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, at one point studying under Thomas Eakins. He later began doing etching and lithography, becoming one of New York's finest printmakers. He married, had two daughters, and moved to Montclair in 1893. It was there he became friends with George Inness, Ballard Williams, and other well-known artists. He received commissions from many corporate and private clients, including The Yale Club and John D. Rockefeller Jr. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, The National Academy of Design, and other important venues.