Portrait of a Lady

Artist: Henry Inman (American, Utica, New York 1801–1846 New York)

Artist: Thomas Seir Cummings (American (born England), Bath 1804–1894 Hackensack, New Jersey)

Date: ca. 1827

Medium: Watercolor on ivory

Dimensions: 3 x 2 in. (7.6 x 5.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.520


Inman and Cummings made miniatures together for a short time (1825–27). The works on which they collaborated are very fine and exceedingly rare, and rank among the most stunning American miniatures produced in the nineteenth century. The present work features Inman's elaborate and highly finished technique and Cummings's minute detailing.