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This charming portrait miniature depicts Mary Thurston Fauntleroy Barnes, an early Vice Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association from the District of Columbia. It was likely painted by Leopold Paul Unger in Louisiana, and it is signed and dated 1848. The miniature is striking for its fashionable presentation of Mrs. Barnes. She is shown in an unusual and elaborately braided and curled hairstyle, and the artist has highlighted her ropes of curls to emphasize them. Mrs. Barnes attire is skillfully painted with apparent texture and pattern visible within the dress, and numerous colors worked together to create the vivid red of the shawl. More






Watercolor on ivory mounted on card; gilt wood frame, glass


Overall (HxWxD): 3 1/2 in. × 3 in. × 1/2 in. (8.89 cm × 7.62 cm × 1.27 cm)


Bequest of Adelaide Heath Doig, 1962


A plate with a ring at the top of the frame is stamped: “Foster Bros. Boston.”


At lower proper right corner, in bright yellow paint: “Unger px 1848”. The signature is presently covered by the mat board.

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