Hayward, Isabelle Victoria - portrait of Margaret Campbell
This is a very large for a miniature portrait, being 150 mm x 110 mm. However, it still classifies as a miniature portrait and in fact the head of the sitter is depicted as of similar size as a sitter's head in a more normal sized miniature.
The miniature is signed "I Victoria Hayward" for Isabelle Victoria Hayward (7 Oct 1868-Jun 1967) who was born in New York. In the 1900 census, she was living with her widowed mother, Mary Law Hayward and her mother's brother George Law, at Manchester, Passiac NJ and gave her occupation as miniature painter. Victoria seems to have never married and died in 1967.
Interestingly, in the 1860 New York census, Mary Law as she was then and aged 17, gave her occupation as photographist. This must have been a most unusual occupation for a female at that time, although in the same household Jane Downs aged 18, also described herself as a photographist.
The reverse of the case is stamped "Tiffany & Co" and engraved "Margaret Ann Prall Campbell - Age 45 1894". Margaret Ann Prall (15 Dec 1848-<1930) was born in Passiac, NJ where her father, Edwin Theodore Prall was a locomotive engine builder, disclosing assets of $5000 in the 1860 census. This was quite wealthy for the time and the family had two live-in servants and a live-in nurse. By 1870 her father appears to have died, but her mother Rachel disclosed assets of $40,000
Margaret married Henry Goodwin Campbell, a stockbroker, 21 Oct 1874 and they lived in Passiac NJ. It seems they must have been related in some way, as in the 1860 census Henry was living as part of a large household headed by Abraham H Godwin, a wealthy cotton spinner who seems to have traded under the name A Prall & Co. The household contained members of the Godwin, Campbell, and Prall families. In 1900 Henry and Margaret had two sons, Henry G Campbell aged 24 and Edwin Prall Campbell aged 22, who were both also stockbrokers. Margaret died between the 1920 and the 1930 census, but Henry was still alive and disclosed assets of $200,000. His career had been as a stockbroker, but to still be worth $200,000 in 1930 suggests that he had managed to financially survive the Wall Street Crash of 1929. 1203
Posted by Don Shelton at 12:52 AM