American, 19th century. A miniature portrait in watercolor and gouache on ivory, depicting Captain George W. Hutchins wearing a state militia officer's uniform, approx. 2.625 x 3.5 in., in gilt frame. Portrait verso stenciled, "BY / AMES / ARTIST / N-Y," with handwritten inscription reading, "Miniature of my father - Geo' W. Hutchins - as a young man - Cap[tain?] of a company of state militia during the Semi-nole war, in Florida. (L.M.S.)"
The US Army Indian Campaign Service Records Index, 1815-1858 lists one Sergeant G.W. Hutchins who served in Read's Battalion, Florida Volunteers, during the Second Seminole War in 1836.
Daniel F. Ames was a portrait and miniature painter active in New York City ca 1837-1858, and thereafter in Canarsie, NY. One example of his work is housed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
There is a large (approx. 2 in. long) vertical split to the portrait, extending from the top of the subject's head to his breast. Frame with general wear.
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