Bostonians in Miniature: Portraits and Lives, 1810-1835


December 2012 – September 1, 2013
Miniature gallery

Bostonians in Miniature explores of the lives of Boston residents whose portraits were painted "in little" during the opening decades of the nineteenth century. Situating this popular form of art within the broader context of domestic life, inequality, and material culture, the exhibition focuses on six Boston couples, documenting how family, social class, and religion shaped the lives of those who sat for portraits. By linking lives and portraits, this rotation helps illuminate both the broader significance and personal meanings of this intimate form of portraiture.

Related Event

Presentation by curator David Hummon

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Conference Room

David Hummon (Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross) has completed extensive research on these fascinating objects. His presentation offers a look at some Boston families who have intimate connections with the Worcester area. Free with Museum Admission.

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62-12-2 1937-43 1959-13 1965-252