A native of Lancaster, PA, Sarah married Pringle in 1844. Their marriage was marred by illness. The portrait is a charming and bright portrayal of a young woman, and while probably painted at the same time as Julius Pringle's they do not seem to have been conceived of as a pair. The effect of the clouds at the bottom is somewhat dreamy and contrasts the wholesome realism of her face and the somber tones of his portrait.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984