Portrait miniature of Samuel Giles Gleason



Overall: 3 x 2.5 x 0.4 cm (1 3/16 x 1 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, painted ivory, and crystal

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



The oval portrait is that of a bust of a young boy with brown hair and eyes. He is wearing a white ruffled shirt and a dark jacket. The gold frame has a cut-gold, decorative border and the crystal cover has a bezeled edge. There is a vertical pin stem on reverse (a replacement) and an engraved inscription. It may be that the case is older than the miniature, possible made during the 1840s. The boy is Samuel Giles Gleason, the fourth child of Roswell and Rebecca Gleason. Roswell Gleason (1799-1887) was a well-known artisan who established a successful pewter, silver-plate, and silver manufacting plant in Dorchester MA.


Engraved in the center on reverse is the inscription: S.G.G. / Obt. Nov. 14 / 1835


Late 1960's, gift of Mrs. Frank Bowker to her great-niece, Elizabeth C. Heide, Marblehead, MA; 2012, gift of Elizabeth C. Heide to the MFA. (Accession date: September 26, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth C. Heide in memory of Mrs. Frank Bowker