Mrs. John Ashe Alston (Sarah McPherson)

Artist: Collas, Louis Antoine
Date: ca. 1816

With its draped red curtain, balustrade and landscape view the composition of Mrs. Alston's miniature employs conventions popularized by seventeenth-century portraitists. However, Collas still allows the figure to dominate, with her clear flesh tones and large captivating brown eyes.


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

  • Artist's Dates: 1775 - after 1829
  • Artist's Nationality: French
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 3 Inches (diam.)
  • Sitter's Dates: 1785-1812
  • Signature: Collas
  • Signature Location: center left
  • Credit: Gift of the estate of Sally Middleton
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1960.010.0001
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