Attributed to Clarissa (Peters) Russell (Massachusetts, 1809-1854)
Portrait Miniature of Little Girl with Her Cat and Dog. Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, possibly posthumously painted, depicting the blond-hair, blue-eyed girl wearing a white dress with blue ribbons tied at her shoulders, with a shoe and stocking on one foot, the other shoe resting on the patterned floor, she is holding a white rose, from which she has plucked a petal, and from which three petals and a leaf have fallen onto her dress, and she is seated on a green cushion, with a gray tabby cat in the right foreground playfully holding one paw up, and a little brown dog in the left foreground holding a small basket in his mouth, the background with a red drape on the left, revealing a cloudy sky, and a white rosebush on the right, (small crack l.l.), sight size 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in., in a period hinged brown period thermoplastic case with red velvet pad.
There is a small crack approx. 1/2 in. at lower left through the back end of the little dog.
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