A wonderful miniature by Daniel Dickinson of a handsome gentleman. The sitter is dressed in the height of fashion for the time, wearing a blue jacket with velvet lapels. Note the broadness of the brush strokes and chiseled modeling of the face, both characteristics of Daniel's style, contrasting with his brother Anson's work.
The frame deserves special mention, being gilt silver with a 14K gold back and central plaque with "AM" initials. It is quite thick and weighs about 3 1/2 ounces. The sight size is 2 3/8" by 1 7/8".
NOTE: Excellent condition with no issues, the white area at the top of the miniature being due to light reflection.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Daniel Dickinson (1795-1866) was the son of the amateur portrait painter Oliver Dickinson, Jr. and the younger brother of Anson Dickinson, who achieved more fame painting miniatures than did his brother, though Daniel was an extremely fine artist in his own right. He is believed to have studied in New Haven, Connecticut around 1812. In 1818 he moved to Philadelphia, where he painted miniatures and portraits until 1846. The following year Dickinson moved to nearby Camden, New Jersey, and as time passed he abandoned his career as a portrait painter and devoted himself to horticulture.
Dickinson's works are not common, are highly sought after, and provide an interesting contrast to those of his brother, Anson.