In McIntyre's 1909 self-portrait -- aged 31 -- she appears self-assured with a frontal, outward stare. Although her hair is sensibly coiffed, her draped gown reveals a glowing expanse of flesh, confidently flaunting both her beauty and artistic virtuoso. This was likely a wedding portrait given to Malcom McIntyre on the occasion of their marriage in 1910. Given their intimate scale, portrait miniatures have a long tradition as popular wedding gifts.
Miniature Self Portrait on Ivory
Grace Hamilton McIntyre
Watercolor on ivory.
2 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches (59 x 40 mm)
Bequest of Mrs. Lois McIntyre Darling, 1991.
Signed with the initials and dated at upper left, "G.C.H./09".
The artist; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Lois MacIntyre Darling; her bequest to the Library, 1991.