Easily identifiable as a miniature painted after the Master work, The Milkmaid, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (21 August 1725 - 4 March 1805). The original of this painting is in the collection on display in French Painting, the Louvre, Paris. It would have engaged the 19th century Grand Tour tourists who viewed it and loved this maiden, and small paintings like this one would have been on display on small artist's carts, easels as souvenirs of the visit. To greater or lesser degree of accuracy, they miniaturized the Master works and this is one of those Grand Tour treasures, c.1840-60s, that survives today. Most often the reproducing artist took some license in composition as they did the miniature paintings, and this is one. Removing the pony altogether, it becomes more portrait than a genre Romantic era composition. These are wonderful now for wall art in the houses of doll collectors, or as part of your own miniature Louvre. Collect art!
Very good condition for age and type, the old Napoleon III frame is original to this painting, and presents it well beneath the original cover glass. The painting is lovely, shows a bit of warp to the wafer upon which it is painted in gouache, but you won't notice that unless you take it out of the frame. The frame has a little surface scrape or mar, typical of age. It needs a hanging loop on back in order to hang, but displays well on a small easel. Aperture is 2.75" x 2" oval and the outer frame is 5.5" x 4.75" and .75" thick.
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