March 2006 - Additions
March saw three additions to the collection. An unsigned portrait of a French soldier. For more on this miniature, see Unknown - portrait of French officer
There is also an unsigned American portrait that may be by Hugh Bridport.
The third item is an unusual oil on copper miniature portrait of Adolf Hitler, probably painted early in World War II. The exterior edge of the frame on this portrait is engraved "A H", with the engraving filled with black enamel. This, together with the downward looking pose, such as an artist painting their own portrait might adopt, raises the faint possibility that it is actually a self-portrait by Adolf Hitler. In any event it may be unique as a contemporary miniature portrait of Hitler painted during his life time.
Posted by Don Shelton at 6:43 PM