Charles Robertson, portrait of an unknown woman

Charles Robertson, portrait of an unknown woman

Charles Robertson (1760-1821)
Portrait of an unknown woman,
Displayed to show the back of the locket and the miniature
Painted in watercolour on ivory
Museum no. P.98-1962
Bequeathed by John Jones

At the back of this portrait miniature is a hair ornament. Elaborate ornaments made of hair became popular from the 1780s and apparently were not always made with the sitter's hair. The hair ornament is decorated with gilded wire and seed pearls, forming the initials of the sitter, 'H.I.C'.