Attributed to HENRY PELHAM
(American, 1749-1806)
Portrait Miniature of a Gentleman, thought to depict John Hancock
surmounted on a woven hair bracelet
height: 1 7/16 in., width: 1 3/16 in.

Provenance: A private collection of portrait miniatures, New Jersey.

Other Notes: Henry Pelham, a portraitist and an engraver, was the younger half-brother of noted American artist John Singleton Copley. When Pelham was a boy, he sat for Copley as the model for "Boy with Squirrel," a work that now can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Pelham became known in his own right both his engravings and his portrait miniatures, and as well as his miniature copies of his brother's large-format portraits.
This work is thought to depict John Hancock, and is possibly a miniature copy of a documented Copley portrait of Hancock (whereabouts unknown).

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