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This miniature is believed to depict George Lyttleton Upshur, a descendant of Martha Washington through her second granddaughter, Martha Parke Custis Peter. Upshur wrote a memoir of his life, AS I RECALL THEM: MEMORIES OF CROWDED YEARS, which was published in 1936, and details not only his extended family, but his association with the Rockefellers, Morgans, and other prominent families of the late 19th and early 20th century. As it was likely created in the early 20th century, this miniature is an interesting example of the continuing use of an art form which had been so prevalent before the advent of photography. More


c. 1900




Watercolor on ivory; wood, glass, gilded metal


Other (Image inside frame): 3 in. × 2 1/2 in. (7.62 cm × 6.35 cm)
Overall (Including case): 4 1/8 in. × 2 7/8 in. × 5/16 in. (10.48 cm × 7.3 cm × 0.79 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Lyttleton B. P. Gould, Jr., M. Chapin Krech, Dr. Shepard Krech, Alvin W. Krech, Peter Chapin, Charles Chapin, and Mrs. Charles Merrill Chapin, III, in memory of Esther Maria Lewis Chapin, 1986

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