Portrait miniature of L. Elizabeth P. Griggs

Portrait miniature of L. Elizabeth P. Griggs

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Large-format, oval, three-quarter length portrait of a woman with blue eyes and gray hair standing three-quarters to the left in a landscape with low wall and large tree, as she turns her head and looks right. Yellow, low-necked, sloped-waist gown with white lace blouson front is embellished with a peach-colored rose; a gauzy white shawl or wrap is draped around her waist and arms. No jewelry. Light is from front left. Signed at right. Housing includes a shallow convex lens, chased bezel, and flat case with ball post-and-ring hanger; case reverse is engraved "L. Elizabeth P. Griggs / 1904." and struck "THEODORE B STARR (arched) / STERLING" at bottom. Hangs in a red velvet-covered display frame fitted to hold eight miniatures, 1989.0343.16-.23.
Artist is Isabelle Victoria Hayward (1868-1967) of New York, NY, and Paterson (Manchester), Passaic, NJ.
Case retailed by Theodore B. Starr of New York, NY; business was founded by Starr (1837-1907) in 1877 as successor firm of Marcus & Starr, was then incorporated by his sons in 1907 and purchased by Reed & Barton in 1918, who used the Starr name until circa 1924.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
case maker; retailer
Starr, Theodore B.
place painted
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
place case made; retailed
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
watercolor (painting material)
ivory (painting material)
glass (lens material)
silver (case material)
gold (case finish material)
overall: 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 13.0175 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of Elizabeth G. Cooke
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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