Abraham Parsell (1791-1856),
Miniature Portrait of an
Unknown Young Woman, ca 1825. Watercolor on ivory,
3-5/8 x 3 inches.
Courtesy of Su-Ellen Stern.

This portrait illustrates Parsell's early efforts. The young woman is shown without hands or accessories. The background shows the development beyond that of a solid mass of color. Variations of stippled shades of blue appear to reveal the beginnings of a more fully developed atmospheric sky.

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