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Pair of Siblings Signed by Archibald Robertson
Catalog#: 3137
Artist: Archibald Robertson 
Category: Miniatures
Date: circa 1790
Signature(s): AR
SubType: Folk Art, Folk Paintings
Era: 18th Century
Height: 1.625 inches
Width: 1 1.2 inches
Depth: 1 1.2 inches
Price: $5500
In 1791, Scottish portrait miniature artist Archibald Robertson (1765-1835) was lured to the America with an offer to open a school of drawing in New York. He and one of his brothers opened the Columbian Academy of Painting. Archibald brought a new technique to America of using thin watercolor with cross-hatched brushstrokes which allowed the luminosity of the ivory to shine through. He has been called the most influential miniaturist to cross the ocean because his new technique changed the American style of painting miniatures forever. Each of these sibling miniatures has Robertson’s distinguishable “AR” in which the two initials are joined together. The portrait on the left is 1 5/8” x 1 1/2” not including the hanger. The portrait on the right if 1 1/4” x 1 1/2” not including the hanger. The hangers add another 3/8" (not including loop). The portraits had never been framed when I acquired them. They are in very nice reproduction pendant frames in rose gold. Circa 1790-1795.

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