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Hannah (Douglas) Binns

Weinedel, Charles
Place Made:
Leesburg Loudoun County Virginia
Date Made:
watercolor on ivory
HOA: 2 1/2; WOA: 2
Accession Number:
SITTER: Hannah (Douglas) Binns (1768-1843) was the daughter of William Douglas (d. 1782), a sheriff of Loudoun County, and married to Charles Binns, Jr. (1763-1837), the county clerk of court. Charles and Hannah Binns are both buried in the Old Stone Church Cemetery in the Loudoun County seat of Leesburg.

ARTIST: Charles (or Curt) Weinedel (1794-1845) was born in Germany but arrived in the United States and first advertised his skills as a miniature portrait painter in Leesburg, Virginia, in 1819. On October 26 he advertised in the local newspaper, Genius of Liberty, that he “Respectfully tenders his services to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Leesburg, and its vicinity, as a MINIATURE PAINTER….Country families who may be disposed to have their miniatures taken, will be waited on at their residence if required — Ladies and gentlemen in town will also thus be waited on if required.” Subsequently, he painted in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, and in Augusta, Georgia, before settling in New York City and completing his artistic career there. Because Charles and Hannah Binns lived in Leesburg, their portraits are considered to be Weinedel’s earliest known works in America.

DATE: The advertisement for Charles Weinedel’s Leesburg shop was attached to the back of this miniature, thus we assume that it dates from the 1819 period during which Weinedel was in Leesburg.

RELATED WORKS: Companion miniature of Mrs. Binns’ husband, framed in same frame (MESDA acc. 3451.1)

DESCRIPTION: Portrait miniature of woman, watercolor on ivory. This miniature is signed by the artist. The woman wears a white bonnet, a white collar, a black dress. The lady’s bonnet ties under her chin. She faces her left, and it is a 3/4 angle. Her eyes look directly at the viewer. There are heavy shadows in her face. The background is brown stippled. This oval miniature sits in a green painted rectangular frame that is trimmed with black.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase fund