Portrait of Mrs. Charlotte Phippen Lane

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1850

GUSN

GUSN-2504

Description

Miniature rectangular portrait of Mrs. Charlotte Phippen Lane, half length, sitting with her arm resting on a table. She wears a black dress, pronounced white lace collar, cuffs and a cap. In an elaborate gilded frame with glass.

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
paintings (visual works)
miniatures (paintings)
ivory (tooth component)
watercolor (paint)
portraits
Picture
Portrait
Portrait

Label

In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: On one of the two trips Captain Oliver Lane made to Shanghai in the 1850s, he brought daguerreotype photographs of his wife and two daughters to the Chinese artist Chow-Kwa for copying. This miniature painting of Lane's wife, Charlotte Phippen, shows Chow-Kwa's remarkable skill at reproducing likenesses with photographic detail. During extended voyages, Lane wrote longingly in his journal of his desire to be with his family. Chow-Kwa's miniature paintings of Lane's wife and daughters must have provided him some comfort.

Inscription

Stamped in ink on a cut-out label on the ivory back are five Chinese characters and below that is: CHOW-KWA. On a jelly label on the upper frame back is: Mrs. Oliver G. Lane.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1991.535

People and Organizations

Mrs Charlotte Phippen Lane

Maker

Chow-Kwa (Maker)

Location of Origin

Shanghai, China

Dimensions

3 1/2 x 2 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.535.1