Ellsworth, James Sanford - portrait of a lady

Although it is unsigned, this miniature portrait is in the distinctive style of James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1873). He was born in Lancaster PA and worked mainly in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington.
In 1974 there was an exhibition of over 250 of his portraits at Williamsburg, VA and they are all depicted in the excellent exhibition catalogue "The Paintings of James Sanford Ellsworth" by Lucy B Mitchell (102p).
Most of his subjects are posed in a seat similar to this one and have a dark cloud around their head.
This portrait is a more recent discovery and hence does not appear in the catalogue. The sitter is unknown. 1169

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