An inscription on the reverse of this miniature identifies the subject as the widow of Charles Gordon Patterson, M.D., and notes that she was the mother of 10 children. Her son, also named Charles Gordon, was a railway entrepreneur. The miniature is in a Tiffany frame. The frame and inscription match that of WAM 38.493. This may depict the sitter's husband.

Lambdin studied with Thomas Wilcocks Sully (1811-1847), the renowned portraitist in Philadelphia, and established himself as a miniaturist in the same city.


  • Title: Catherine B. Wainright
  • Creator: Possibly by James Reid Lambdin (American, 1807-1889)
  • Date Created: 1878
  • Subject Keywords: female portraits
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Painter: Possibly by James Reid Lambdin (American, 1807-1889), Manufacturer: Case: Tiffany and Company (American, 1837-present)
  • Provenance: A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown, perhaps from the collection of Albert Rosenthal]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory
  • Inscriptions: [Engraved] On back of frame: Catherine B. Wainright / The Widow of Charles Gordon Patterson, M.D. / Born Nov. 26th, 1799 / Died Jan. 28, 1882 / She was the mother of ten children / From life at the age of 80; [Stamp] Tiffany & Co.; [Number] 14
  • Exhibitions: Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
  • Dimensions: H: 3 13/16 x W: 2 15/16 in. (9.7 x 7.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.49

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