Artist: Strobel, Louisa C. (Mrs. Benjamin Martin ) Date: ca. 1830
Where Strobel obtained skill at painting miniatures is not known, but she may have trained with a French artist. Like many French artists who came to this country she preferred a solid, often steely-gray background. In her incredible attention to details, especially costume, she resembles French artists.
In her self-portrait Louisa Strobel continues her minute attention to detail, while simultaneously introducing a cloudy sky. The flowing veil, probably of Bordeaux lace, contrasts the rigid formality of her hairdo and dress.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984