A beautiful English double-sided portrait in a pendant case.
One side shows the wife of William Sizri, named Catherine.
Sizri was the British Ambassador to the Netherlands, during the French Occupation in the Napoleonic days. The lady is shown at the end of the 1700's. The reverse is a young child. This miniature was saved out of Sizri's gold/leather dispatch box,which was destroyed during the German bombing of Middleburg(?).
The mother wears a black short sleeve dress with lace inset around her face and a lace bonnet. The child is dressed in white with a coral necklace and with pink ribbons. She holds a wreath of flowers that she removes from a basket on a small table at her side.
Note and card of William Hamilton Martin, who was the father of Ann Martin Schonegeval nee Martin. with the miniature which is in a small tin case says, "Please hand to Mrs. Marion Schonegeval nee Martin". The opposite side reads. " I gave this to Barton Emmanuel to deliver to your hands to do with as yoou proposed, when opportunity offers, in your family". Love you, Boost (?).
Case 3" high without bail. Background rub on mother's side 1/3 inch.