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This is a portrait miniature on parchment, finely painted with watercolours. It appears to be a study or draft for a much larger portrait. The hand is very competent, capturing the sitter in a relaxed pose, perhaps in good conversation and among friends. The sitter is a very elegant noblewoman, attributed to Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Queen of Prussia. She was the wife of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia Elector of Brandenburg. Such a miniature would have been housed within books, or perhaps gifted (to be latter cut and framed by the recipient).
OBJECT: Portrait Miniature
DATE: c. 1730 - 1760 A.D
SIZE: 41mm x 53mm
PROVENANCE: Ex. European private collection, Paris.