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Robert Eden Handy
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Robert Eden Handy

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Description Waist-length, three-quarter profile portrait of a man with wavy brown hair parted on the left, and side whiskers, wearing a black coat, white shirt, high white collar and white stock. The miniature is mounted in a gold, oval frame, with a braid of hair under glass on the reverse. The sitter may be Robert Eden Handy, a businessman and soldier, who was born in Pennsylvania and in 1834 moved to Texas where he established a real estate partnership with William Lusk. They became joint founders of Richmond, Texas. During the Texas Revolution Handy served briefly on Sam Houston's staff and fought at the battle of San Jacinto. He died in late 1837.
Date Description Narrative
  • Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
Provenance Estate of Everard Roberts, New York; A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Engraved] On reverse of frame: ROBERT EDEN HANDY / BY / A.B. DURAND / 1835; [Sticker] 28
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963

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watercolor on ivory
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H excluding frame: 2 7/8 x W: 2 3/8 in. (7.3 x 6.03 cm); Framed H: 3 1/4 x W: 2 3/4 in. (8.26 x 6.99 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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