Carlin, John - portrait of a baby

This miniature is believed to be by John Carlin (1813-1891) who was born a deaf mute.

He painted over 2,000 miniatures and was noted for being able to paint a faithful likeness at a reasonable price.

He worked in various cities, but spent most of his time in New York.

The sitter is unknown, but as her head is shown above clouds, it seems this is a mourning portrait, painted after an early death, rather than a love token. 407

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