This is a series begun in 2004 while living in Charleston, SC. My friend, a womens history professor, got me thinking about historical biases and I began to consider the fallacies that lay before me. What"s up with those people painted on ivory...
The original miniature is at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia. They have a huge collection of miniature portraits but 96% were European so I could only use a few of their collection for resources. Interesting note: the European portraits are oil on copper and the American ones are watercolor on ivory. Mine are oil on trash. This was complete in 2013 and sold.
This is a family name from my Dad's mom's mom. I'm not bragging but the Pringles are front row in St. Stephens and St. Micheals graveyards. Charleston has some cool graveyards. If you ever go, the best one is Magnolia Cemetery, just north of the city in "the Neck" (I have people there too) and the next best one is the Unitarian Graveyard, down Gateway Walk, from King Street. My mom used to live on the Walk and my daughter and I played there a lot. It has a beautiful garden setting which is very old and overgrown. I have people in the James Island Cemetery at the end of Harbor View Road too. This painting was done in 2013 and is sold.
Anna was a Philly girl and my favorite American miniature painter from the family of painters, the Peale's. She sold her first paintings, copies of French landscapes, at the age of fourteen. She had her first major exhibition when she was just twenty and was in the first exhibition at PAFA where she continued to show for many years. Go girl. This portrait of was complete in 2013. And is sold.
John Wool was an officer in the US Army during three consequent wars:The War of 1812, The Mexican-American War and The Civil War. He had over fifty years of service and seems like a great guy, very high principled. This painting was complete in 2013. NA.