J. Townsend Lansing (1843-1919)
Charles James Turrell (1846-1932)
Watercolor on ivory in metal frame
3 H x 2 W (oval ivory panel)
Signed lower center: C T
Gift of Leontine de Kay Townsend Lansing
Invention of the daguerreotype in 1839 meant that painted miniatures were headed for extinction. More and more people let cameras capture their likeness, but there was a resurgence of interest in painted miniature portraits in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For patrons familiar with family miniatures from earlier periods, continuing a tradition was an important element in bringing about the revival of painted miniatures one last time before photography triumphed. This particular miniature was probably painted from life.