Elizabeth Oliphant, 1795


Elizabeth Oliphant by James Peale, 1795

Elizabeth Oliphant was the sister of Robert Oliphant, whose miniature, painted by Raphaelle Peale, is also in this collection. They were the eldest children of William Oliphant, a wealthy Philadelphia landowner. The year after this miniature was painted, Elizabeth married William Flintham, and it is likely that this painting commemorated her engagement. This miniature remained in the family for several generations, until it passed to a close friend who bequeathed it, and the miniature of her brother, to this museum.

source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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