3 Small Watercolor Portraits of Little Girls, England, circa 1840


Three hand painted watercolor portraits of little girls. These watercolor portraits each capture that girl’s unique personality and expression. Painted by skilled portrait artists of the mid-19th-century English School, they exemplify the traditional style of the era, with backgrounds that focus the viewer’s attention solely on the children. Each portrait captures small nuances of the subject’s clothing, features, and demeanor. By their dress and hairstyles, these portraits can be dated to the 1820s-1840s since beginning in the 1850’s watercolor portrait paintings were replaced mainly by photographic images. The paintings are framed in original period wood frames with an inner edge of parcel gilt. In the painting on the left, Maria Corbetta wears a baby’s bonnet; she sits on a pillow and holds a kitten. Inscribed in ink on the back, “Maria Corbetta at 22 months July 1827. Calais Fr. The second watercolor has an illegible inscription on the back, and the third has none.

Dimensions of the three paintings: 10.5″ x 8.5″ and 9.5″ x 8 and 10.25″ x 9”

Condition: Condition: Despite their age, the portraits remain remarkably good, with only slight fading and toning to the paper and minor wear to the frames, adding to their charm and character.

Price: $635

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