Percy Bysshe Shelley, Miniature Portrait Momento

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Miniature Portrait Momento

A beautiful watercolor miniature portrait of Shelley rendered in a much more romantic style than is typical for miniatures of this period. The lock of hair on the reverse is gathered by a tiny gold band set with three seed pearls. The carefully plaited hair of the border is a lighter hue than the central lock.

We have no way of knowing, but the quality of this piece leads us to wonder if it may have been commissioned by his wife or another family member whose hair may be the surround around an actual lock of Shelley’s hair.

The watercolor appears to be on paper. The frame is 14K gold.

England, 1820's c.H: 3"W: 2.4"Reference number: 23270