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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.
paintings (visual works)
ivory (tooth component)
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.
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.
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Mrs Charlotte Phippen Lane
3 1/2 x 2 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little