JOHN CARLIN (AMERICAN, 1813-1891), ATTRIBUTED MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF A GIRL

Item/Auction Attributes

watercolor on ivory,
Circa 1835.
Very good condition with minor surface abrasions and small crack to ivory left edge.
2" x 1 5/8" OA.
Provenance: From an Alexandria, VA private collection.
$500.00
$800.00
Catalogue Note: John Carlin (1813-1891) was an accomplished miniaturist, landscape painter, and writer. Born deaf like his brother, artist Andrew Carlin (b. 1816), he studied at the Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb from 1821-1825. Active as a miniaturist at a young age, Carlin worked in Philadelphia until 1838, studying during this period with John Neagle and John Rubens Smith. Following a period of study in Europe, he returned to the United States and settled in New York City, where he intended to pursue a career as an artist. With the introduction of photography, however, he moved away from portrait painting and focused almost exclusively on landscape and genre scenes. He also worked as a poet, prose writer, and advocate for the deaf, gaining many influential friends and acquaintances over his life. He exhibited widely during his lifetime, and his work is today represented in the New York Historical Society. The present lot is a fine example of Carlin's early work, a sensitive depiction of a beautiful girl on the eve of adolescence.
Reference: See Pook and Pook, January 14, 2012, Lot 421, for a similar example attributed to Carlin.