American School, possibly Southern, miniature watercolor portrait of a gentleman, believed to be a member of the Spotswood-Dandridge family of Virginia. The dark haired, blue-eyed subject, about 30-40 years old, is depicted in a black coat with white tie, in oval gold metal frame with empty glass reserve en verso. Unsigned. 2 7/8" H x 2 3/8" W. Circa 1810. Property of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions. CONDITION: Some minor wear/flaking to metal frame. 1/8" greenish stain upper right edge of portrait. Portrait has shifted slightly in frame. Some small abrasions and 2 possible 1/4" to 1/2" scratches lower right (one may be a trapped hair) near coat/shirt area.
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