Young Woman in Plum Dress, James Sanford Ellsworth

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A half-length miniature portrait of a young woman in a plum colored dress and fancy braided hair. Attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut and Massachusetts, 1840 – 1855. Watercolor on paper. Held in a period gilt frame.

This unusual large scale half-length miniature portrait is attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut and Massachusetts and dated 1840 – 1855.  The life and work of James Sanford Ellsworth are discussed and illustrated in in “James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter” by Lucy B. Mitchell.  His 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 the stylistic Classical chairs and the billowing cloud forms used to enhance the silhouette of the sitter.