Object Record

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Title Self-portrait
Artist Strobel, Louisa C. (Mrs. Benjamin Martin )
Date before 1840
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
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.

Notes:
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
Figures
Veils
Portraits
Clothing & dress
woman