This handsome miniature depicts James Barroll, whose daughter married Lewis Washington, a great-grand-nephew of George Washington. The elaborate verso incorporates Barroll’s monogram and a lock of his hair, seed pearls and goldwork suggesting sheaves of wheat into a stylized design surrounded by cobalt glass. Hair was incorporated into miniatures as a memento of love or loss, particularly in the early 19th century. The locket was likely intended for the sitter’s wife and the sheaves of wheat—a common symbol—as a representation of love. Perhaps it was created as a keepsake when just after their marriage Barroll served as an officer in the War of 1812, fighting with the First Baltimore Hussars in the Battle of North Point in 1814. More


c. 1812




Watercolor on ivory; rose gold, glass, cobalt glass, hair, seed pearls; yellow gold.


Overall: 3 1/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. x 3/16 in. (7.87 cm x 6.6 cm x 0.51 cm)


Gift of Mary Washington Marr, 2009

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