Hetty Sage Benbridge
Hetty Sage Benbridge was active/lived in Pennsylvania, South Carolina. Hetty Benbridge is known for miniature portrait painting.
A painter of miniatures, little is known about Hetty Benbridge except
that she was the wife of Henry Benbridge, portrait painter of
Philadelphia and later of Charleston, South Carolina. She joined
him there in 1773 with their baby son, and from that time she is not
mentioned, causing historians to think she died shortly after her
Only ten miniatures by her have been found, all
done before the Revolution and unsigned. She is mentioned in the
autobiography of her teacher, Charles Willson Peale, and her
miniatures, very tiny watercolors on ivory, are very similar to the
style of Peale with long oval heads and his method of applying color.
There is confusion about her name. Peale referred to her as
Letticia; Esther was the name on her son's birth certificate, and her
husband called her Hetty.
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Artists
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art