|Title||Mrs. Benjamin Stead, Jr. (Patience Wise Blackett)|
2 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches
[verso] Hair device with initials
[verso]The portrait of my late very dear friend Mrs. Patience WIse Stead painted by Engleheart. Requested by CF to be sent with most affecionate regards to her most highly valued friend, Mary, Mrs. Poinsett Washington City United States North America Caroline Flower June 10th 1840
|Credit line||Museum Purchase|
Two portraits of a Mrs. Stead are listed in Engleheart's account book, one for 1789, the second in 1793, as "Mr. and Mrs. Steed" [sic]. The slight discrepancies between Mr. and Mrs. Stead's miniatures in coloring (hers is gray, his blue), and in scale (she is placed further back, thus is smaller than he is), suggest the portraits were not designed as a pair. Stylistically, her portrait is more linear, especially in the hair and the crisp folds of her dress.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984