Artist: Strobel, Louisa C. (Mrs. Benjamin Martin ) Date: ca.1830
Since Daniel Martin's bequest in 1925 this miniature has been identified as a portrait of Anna Strobel Bicknell, the artist's sister. As the sitter is clearly an older woman, it is much more plausible that the woman was in fact Louisa's mother. In addition, the size and format make an appropriate pair to Daniel Strobel, Jr.'s likeness. Mrs. Strobell's elaborate headdress is probably of Bordeaux lace. The rigid pose, combined with precise detailing lead to an almost iconic image.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984