The portability of portrait miniatures made them easily adaptable to be worn as part of a bracelet, necklace, or tied to clothing with ribbon. The sitter depicted in this miniature is unknown; however, it has been suggested the portrait represents one of McIntyre's teachers. Miniatures rarely retain their original frames or settings as collectors often reframed them according to personal tastes, and the frame with its purple stones is likely a later replacement.
Portrait of an Old Bearded Man
Grace Hamilton McIntyre
Watercolor on ivory.
image, maximum dimensions: 1 3/4 x 1 6/16 inches (45 x 35 mm), oval; frame, maximum dimensions: 2 1/16 x 1 11/16 inches (51 x 41 mm), oval
Bequest of Mrs. Lois McIntyre Darling, 1991.
Engraved on reverse with the monogram "RFS" and the date "Sept. 4th 1902".
The artist; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Lois MacIntyre Darling; her bequest to the Library, 1991.