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Lot 229

Portrait Miniature of a Child, Harriet Eaton of NC

Estimate: $700 - $900

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Miniature watercolor portrait of a young girl, believed to be Harriet Bolling Eaton of North Carolina (1791-1814), daughter of NC Revolutionary War General Thomas Eaton, depicted seated in a Chippendale chair, wearing a brown hat and white dress with blue sash and hat ribbon. Housed under glass in a copper brooch style frame with loop bail. Overall size: 2 1/4" H x 2" W. Circa 1800. Note: a 20th century note accompanying this portrait identifies the subject as Harriet Bolling Eaton. She was born in Warren, NC, to Anna Dade Smith, the third wife of Gen. Thomas Eaton, who was in his fifties at the time of Harriet's birth. At the age of 19, Harriet was married to 51-year-old Charles Grandison Field and apparently died during or just after the birth of their only child, Eaton Grandison Field. Eaton Field died without leaving any direct descendants, and this portrait descended in the family of Harriet's half sister, Anna Eaton Dudley, to Mary Bright Wilson of Tennessee.

Property of the Lincoln County Museum, Fayetteville, TN; Bequest of Mary Bright Wilson (1909-2004), formerly of Fayetteville, and descended in her family.


Image in very good condition. Some scattered dark spots appear to be on the reverse surface of the glass. Frame missing pin to back.