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An interesting portrait miniature, by William Baldwin, of a nattily attired gent. The sitter, with a very rakish look about him, is set against a bright blue background, has long thick hair, a soul patch, and is wearing a stickpin with multi-colored jewels. These are motifs, along with the use of a strong blue background, that seem to appear in a number of his minis, as uncommon as they are. In all, a strong and amusing painting, and possibly conjuring up visions of a Mississippi River gambler.
The condition of the painting is excellent, and it is housed in a gutta percha travel case. Sight size is 2" by 1 1/2", and the closed case size is 2 3/4" by 2 1/4". The backing of the mini has somewhat illegible wruiting that appears to have little to do with this work.
BIOGRAPHiCAL NOTE: William Baldwin was born in 1808 in Louisiana and worked in New Orleans between 1827 and 1850. He was also the proprietor and professor of drawing at the Academie de Dessin et de Peinture Pour les Personnes de Couleur (1827). His last listing was in 1850. He did full size portraits and a very small number of miniatures, which are quite rare. Little else is known about his background.