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


c. 1790-1800




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


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)


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

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