Mourning Miniature, ca. 1780


Portrait of a Lady by unknown artist, ca. 1780

Set in a locket, this mourning miniature holds the memory of a woman’s beauty and elegance. Feathers and a string of navy beads accent her hair, which is styled in the manner of late-eighteenth-century British aristocrats. The portrait’s somber mood conveys the family’s grief after the loss of a loved one.

source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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