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19th C Antique Miniature Hand Painted Portait Photo by Samuel Broadbent

  • $ 45000

Antique miniature portrait painting of an educated gentleman. This unique portrait is painted over a photograph taken in the studio by Samuel Broadbent who is most likely the painter also as he was an accomplished artist. The address on the bottom of the painting enables a date of manufacture between 1859-1863. During the infancy of photography it was prestigious for well to do benefactors to have their photographs taken. However since photographs were black and white the more affluent sitters had them hand painted by studio artists. The photographers were precious about their intellectual property and therefore rarely allowed the arrests to sign their work over their photographs. In this case the painter and photographer are one and the same person.

Marked "photographed by Broadbent & Co, 814 Chestnut St, Pha."

Written in pencil on the back: Mr E Clarence Miller, Melrose Park

The subject is the grandfather of E. Clarence Miller who was in his 50's when the painting was commissioned which would tie in with the timeframe. You can find info about E. Clarence Miller at the following site:

This unique antique painting is a fabulous addition to you miniature portrait painting collection or rare antique photography collection.


Miniature portrait painting measures 7.5 inches long by 5.5 inches wide (frame measures 10" by 8.5") and weighs less than 1 lb.


In good condition considering the age of this piece. Upon close inspection a little damage to the forehead where the paper seems to have been worn a little (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description).

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