Attributed to Clarissa Peters Russell (Mrs. Moses B. Russell) (American, 1809-1854)
Portrait Miniature of a Child in a White Dress Wearing a Coral Bead Necklace. Unsigned, watercolor on ivory, c. 1840, rectangular, 2 x 2 1/4 in., in a velvet-covered case under an arched gilt-brass mat. Condition: Vertical crack to ivory on left.
The paint on child's hands and feet is faint, but possibly intentional, no obvious paint losses or flaking detected, the crack is about 1 3/4 in. long, and is on left side about 1/8 of an inch to the right of the flowering plant and extends down through the bottom of the plant and through the left side of the child's dress. There are no inscriptions on the reverse.
Case: The velvet covered book-from case is split on the spine and has been mounted in an open position, onto cardboard with double-sided tape, to fit into a contemporary deep wooden frame. The tape might not be cleanly separated from the velvet cover.