Attributed to American folk portraitist is this beautiful portrait miniature of a lovely young woman. This lovely young lady is a classic Parsell work of art. She wears her hair tightly curled around her face, the back pulled into a knot on the top of her head which is held in place by a large tortoise shell hair comb. Her long dangling earrings consist of gold and ebony. She wears a long necklace of ebony beads. Her low cut dress drapes across her bustline and her black lace tucker is held in place by a gold and ebony brooch. Her waist is cinched tight and at the natural waistline with a black sash into which she has tucked a watch or portrait miniature. She holds a book in her proper right hand. Her penetrating dark eyes look directly at the viewer from her slightly turned head. The background is achieved with the stippled sunset appearance for which Parsell is so famous. Please see my website for more information
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