Margaret Livingston Douw (Mrs. Alanson Abbe) (1798-1878)
Anson Dickinson (1779-1852)
Watercolor on ivory in painted wood and brass frame
2 9/16 H x 2 1/8 W (oval ivory panel)
Paper label attached to reverse, engraved: A. Dickinson / MINIATURE PAINTER / No. 158 Broad[?] / New York. and G. Fairman Sculp. Albany; inscribed in ink: Lent / C [?] Townd / 1869
Gift of Leontine de Kay Townsend Lansing
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 was painted for the sitter's father when she was nine years old.