This portrait demonstrates how McIntyre adapted the traditional methods and materials of miniature painting to embrace modern style and subjects. By the eighteenth century the practice of painting miniatures on vellum was replaced by the technique of watercolor on ivory, which enhanced the life-like vibrancy of the sitters. The young woman depicted here may be the same model that McIntyre painted in profile in a square miniature in which she appears to be a few years younger (see AZ086).
Portrait of a Young Woman with Blond Hair
Grace Hamilton McIntyre
Watercolor on ivory.
image, maximum dimensions: 2 7/8 x 2 7/16 inches (73 x 60 mm), oval; frame, maximum dimensions: 3 3/16 x 2 11/16 inches (79 x 67 mm), oval
Bequest of Mrs. Lois McIntyre Darling, 1991.
The artist; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Lois MacIntyre Darling; her bequest to the Library, 1991.