Hannah Troup (Mrs. Charles Manigault Morris)

Artist: Brown, John Henry
Date: 1855

By the mid-nineteenth century, miniaturists began to employ conventions popularized by artists painting in oil on canvas, such as the use of the drape instead of a clearly defined dress and the placement of the figure amongst clouds. The result in this case is an almost unearthly image of a rather plain woman. The colors, which are brilliantly clear, enhance this effect.

Up until 1844, Brown painted in a variety of media, but after that date he devoted himself exclusively to miniature portraiture. At the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia he received a medal for his miniatures.


This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984

  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 3 3/8 X 2 1/4 Inches
  • Signature: J. Henry Brown pinxit Phila. Nov. 1855
  • Signature Location: bottom center
  • Credit: Gift of the Estate of Ms. Sydney Dent
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1975.009.0002
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