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Title unidentified sitter [possibley Sarah Wilkinson Middleton (d.1772)]
Artist Roberts, Mary
Date ca. 1745
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 1 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches
Signature MR
Signature Location center right
Inscription NA
Credit line Bequest of Mrs. Amelia Josephine Emanuel
Accession Number 1939.009.0002
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Description Born in England and immigrated to Charleston before 1735, Mary Roberts supported herself as an artist after her husband's death in 1740. Unfortunately, few or her works survive today. Roberts is one of the first known miniature painters in the American colonies and was the first artist to paint watercolor on ivory outside of Europe. Before using ivory, early American miniature painters used wood, copper, or vellum, a thin sheet of calfskin.
Subjects Shoolbred
Image 002\1939.09.02.JPG