Peace

Peace

I love these naive little watercolour miniatures which were produced as symbols of British patriotism during the period of the French Revolutionary Wars and up to and including the Battle of Trafalgar. This one, circa 1803 – 1804 depicts Emma Hamilton as an allegory of peace. She holds in one hand a shield inscribed Peace and an olive branch. In the other hand she clutches a broken sword. The frame is gilt metal, they always are, and the watercolour is under crystal with silk to reverse. The pendant measures 1 and 3/4 inches by 1 and 1/8 inches. There are similar miniatures from the period in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Loving that enormous blue sash.

sold  £1150