This is a really special and unusual watercolor folk portrait of a beautiful young lady with a brown painted background. American School circa 1830, the lady wears what appears to be a brown dress with leg-o-mutton sleeves, a white tucker, and a lovely lace bonnet. When I removed the lady from her frame, I found that her dress began life as aubergine! See the photo below for the difference between the original and aged coloration. I love seeing what lies underneath! We have lived our collecting lives thinking that 18th and 19th century folk had drab lives with muted colors, but we are learning that they surrounded themselves with bright beautiful color! Anyway, the aubergine color aged to a lovely brown which is just spectacular to look at against the unusual painted background. The lady is lovely and she resides in what appears to be her original veneered frame that measures 6 1/2" x 7 1/2".