Leontine de Kay Townsend (Mrs. John) Lansing (1859-1932)
Charles James Turrell (1846-1932)
Watercolor on ivory in metal frame
3 H x 2 W (oval ivory panel)
Signed lower right: 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. This particular portrait was probably copied from an earlier one.