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Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame
Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame

Antique American Portrait Miniature, c.1800, ID'd and Artist Noted in Oyster Frame

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Another American portrait miniature from my collection, this handsome distinguished gentleman is ID's in back, noting him to be "James Woodhouse" from New York, who died in 183-something (I didn't open the back, which seems complicated, and can only read what you see). It would appear that an artist's name is also mentioned as "W. Jarvin". I'm able to find a James Woodhouse but he's a generation older. A Dr in Pennsylvania, he died in 1809. It might be that this is his son. One could have fun with some research. Or perhaps you know who he is and can email me more information on this American gentleman?

Very good to excellent condition, with exception of the likely lock of plaited hair that once filled that oval aperture on the backside of this oyster-backed locket frame. The note placed in back identifies him, and perhaps also the artist, to give you a place to begin in your research. The portrait is perfect, as is the original convex cover glass and frame. There is something about the mat of the back aperture that makes it seem ill-fitted after perhaps taking it out to remove a broken glass and whatever hair was once inside. It is brass, not plated gold, a typical early American mount. It is 3" by 2 1/2" oval plus the bale up top, and is about 3/8" at the thickest center point.