One of the remarkable miniature portraits collected by my great-grandmother is this charming painting of "Lady Smitson," as this is labeled on the back. Having inherited this collection, I am carefully cleaning and documenting each piece as I have time. This painting is signed "Gram" on the front, and dated "80" on the reverse, and set into an elaborate frame of brass.
Lady Smitson is realistically and beautifully painted, with texture and brushwork recalling the English School style. Her clothes and hair are in the fashion of the 1780's. The I don't think this is a copy of another painting but rather an original and lively (and possibly idealized) portrait of a beautiful and fashionable lady. Who was she? I wish I knew. you may click on the images to view them larger