Miniature Portrait of J.J. Miller by Antoine Collas

  • The great French artist Antoine Collas composed this miniature portrait
  • The work captures the prominent Pennsylvanian J.J. Miller
  • Though born in France, Collas is most celebrated for his American portraiture
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Item No. 30-8566

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This museum-quality miniature portrait was composed by one of the finest French miniature painters of the early 19th century, Antoine Collas. Though he worked in both France and Russia, he is perhaps best known for his American portraits. Around 1816, he moved to the United States, beginning his career in New York City before gradually making his way down to New Orleans. He traveled along the East Coast during this journey, advertising in local newspapers as he went and earning a significant American clientele. It is likely that this portrait was composed on his journey.

Surrounded by a gold frame inset with seed pearls, the watercolor captures a prominent resident of Downington, Pennsylvania by the name of J.J. Miller. A significant example of Collas' delicate Neoclassical style, the work was later exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1951, as well as the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967.

Circa 1820

3" high x 3" wide 
Miniature Portrait of J.J. Miller by Antoine Collas
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Miniatures
Depth: 0.19 Inches
Width: 3.0 Inches
Height: 3.0 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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