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Title Self-portrait
Artist Strobel, Louisa C. (Mrs. Benjamin Martin )
Date ca. 1830
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches
Signature Louisa C. Strobel
Signature Location center left
Inscription NA
Credit line Bequest of Daniel Strobel Martin
Accession Number 1925.002.0006
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Sitter's dates 1803-1883
Description Where Strobel obtained skill at painting miniatures is not known, but she may have trained with a French artist. Like many French artists who came to this country she preferred a solid, often steely-gray background. In her incredible attention to details, especially costume, she resembles French artists.

In her self-portrait Louisa Strobel continues her minute attention to detail, while simultaneously introducing a cloudy sky. The flowing veil, probably of Bordeaux lace, contrasts the rigid formality of her hairdo and dress.

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Strobel
Clothing & dress
Image 001\1925.02.06.JPG