Eliza Joanna Davis (Mrs. Amos) Dean (1819-1888)
Daniel Wagner (1802-1888) and Maria Louisa Wagner (1816-1888)
Watercolor on ivory in gold case
2 3/4 H x 2 1/4 W (oval ivory panel)
Signed and dated on obverse: by D. and M.L. Wagner / Albany / Nov. 1842
Gift of Jean E. and Fredericka Cameron and Mrs. Bernard S. Bronson, granddaughters of the subject
Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, Albany residents commissioned portrait miniatures. Among the best-known area painters of miniatures were Anson Dickinson and the brother-and-sister team of Daniel Wagner and Maria Louisa Wagner. This portrait, painted shortly after the sitter's marriage in 1842, is attributed to the Wagners. Maria Louisa began as an itinerant painter and eventually gained national prominence.