hair band beauty, ca. 1790


Portrait of a Young Lady by William Verstille, ca. 1790

The identity of the young lady shown in this miniature remains a mystery. The artist’s delicate brushwork is evident in the fine lines of the sitter’s hair and the lace around her gown. The head and eyes appear disproportionally large, emphasizing her petite figure and innocent expression.

source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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