Miniature Portrait of “Grandma Stewart” on Valentine’s Paper, by Ellsworth

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Miniature portrait of Grandma Stewart of Litchfield, Connecticut, wearing a bonnet and a shawl, and sitting in a red and gold chair, painted on embossed Valentine paper.

Attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut, 1825 – 1850.

Watercolor on paper.

Held in a replaced period molded and gilt oval frame.

This fine watercolor portrait of a Grandma Stewart of Litchfield, Connecticut, wearing a bonnet and a shawl, and sitting in a red and gold chair, is attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut.  The portrait features the distinctive use of embossed Valentine paper to surround the portrait.  Widely travelled as an itinerant artist, Ellsworth’s work is found throughout Connecticut and into Rhode Island, Western Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and around Albany, New York.  He is a well-documented artist and signed a select group of his miniature portraits. Ellsworth’s work can be identified by his distinctive style that included detailed faces and clothing, as well as Classical chairs or figures that seem to float on puffy gray clouds.  This fine portrait is illustrated in “James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter” by Lucy B. Mitchell, Catalogue A62, pages 70 and 71.