A brilliant and philanthropic Englishman well-known for his reforms while serving as a government official in India, Thomas Law came to the United States seeking a fresh start amid the political and social freedom of the new republic. This miniature depicts him much as he must have appeared when he first met the beautiful and spirited Eliza Parke Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington. The couple was married in 1796, but differences in temperament led to their separation and later divorce. The reverse bears a woven plat of his hair. More

Date

c. 1790-1800


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Watercolor, ivory, copper, hair, glass, paper, lead


Dimensions

Overall: 3 1/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 5/16 in. (8.26 cm x 5.72 cm x 0.79 cm)
Other (miniature): 2 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. (6.99 cm x 5.72 cm)


Credit

Purchased with funds donated by Mrs. William S. (Jeanie) Kilroy, Sr., 2008


Object Number

H-4831


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