Portrait Miniatures of Brother and Sister
Likely New York State, ca. 1830’s. Watercolor and pencil on paper, it what is likely the original black painted reeded frames. Information written on the back of the portraits, on the boy: “Albert Oscar Babcock Likeness taken when he Was ten years old”, and the girl: Adelia Roseanna Babcock likeness taken when she was seven years old. This profile was Drawn with A pencil. I give it to Adelia & _____ Dec 7th 1843 H.B.” Both Adelia and Albert posed in profile seated in painted chairs, she holding a fan, he a book. Of different frame sizes, the boy a bit smaller at 4 7/8 x 4 5/8 inches, the girl 5 3/8 x 4 ½. Research suggests that Adelia and Albert were from New York State (Rochester area), he being born in 1826. Combined with the note that Albert’s likeness was taken when he was 10 would put these portraits rendered in 1836. Ellsworth often depicted children seated in chairs with stylized clouds framing the heads or bodies. These portraits have simplified clouds as more of shadows of their heads. Provenance: Private Northeast Collection.