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The first American miniature portraits were painted in Charleston, and today the Gibbes is home to one of the most prestigious portrait miniature collections in the United States. Containing more than six hundred objects, the collection spans nearly two hundred years and represents the work of over a hundred artists. Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, these tiny portraits were treasured remembrances of loved ones in the age before photography. Presented in state-of-the-art display cases, and in viewable storage drawers featured miniatures include works by Mary Roberts, Jeremiah Theus, Henry Benbridge, Charles Wilson Peale, Pierre Henri, Edward Greene Malbone, George Engleheart, and Charles Fraser.
Explore the miniature collection here.
Throughout the thirty years that I’ve been collecting, I have tried to accumulate the best in category, the rarest, and the objects that represented the true American work ethic. It’s…READ MORE
For the past several years, we’ve checked in with staff to ask about their goals for the coming year. It’s always fun to hear the sincere and the tongue-in-cheek responses…READ MORE
Name: Chaz Butler Title: Special Events Assistant How long have you been at the Gibbes? I started at the Gibbes in July of 2016. Describe your role here at the…READ MORE
Name: Becca Hiester Title: Associate Curator of Education How long have you been at the Gibbes? I’ve been working here for 3 years, but I volunteered for 5 years before…READ MORE