Miniature by Sarah Biffin, a 19th-century artist who was born without arms or legs, beats estimates at auction | Smart Messages – 71Bait

Sarah Biffin, Sarah Biffinwatercolor Public domain via the Wellcome Collection A small study of feathers, painted by the famous 19th-century miniaturist Sarah Biffin, fetched $12,023 (£9,000) at auction, far exceeding the estimated price of $6,680 (£5,000), according to auction house Sworders. Born in 1784 without arms or legs to a poor family in Somerset, England, … Read more

The innovative portrait miniatures of these sisters immortalized the Connecticut elite in the 19th century | Smart Messages – 71Bait

Attributed to Mary Way or Elizabeth Way Champlain, A lady holding a bouquet of flowersaround 1790-1800 Private Collection / Courtesy Lyman Allyn Art Museum Intimate portraits, painted on a tiny scale, first appeared in European courts in the 16th century. Unlike the large effigies displayed for all to see in the palace halls, these palm-sized … Read more