A Gentleman with the Initials C. L.

Henry Edridgecirca 1795

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

The reverse of this gentleman’s miniature features a lock of hair fashioned into a sheaf of wheat bound with a band of seed pearls. Symbolically, wheat has many meanings, but its use here most likely signifies love and charity. Pearls were called the stone of truth, faith and love and were often used to imply purity.

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  • Title: A Gentleman with the Initials C. L.
  • Creator: Henry Edridge (1769–1821)
  • Date Created: circa 1795
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 ¼ x 1 13/16 in. (5.7 x 4.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann in memory of Julius Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 1990.1683
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory (recto), cobalt glass, opalescent glass, hair, gold wire, and seed pearls (verso)