The William (Billy) Jamieson Collection Live Auction of Decorative Arts
April 29, 2014
Sarah Biffen (British, 1784-1850)
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN, 1815-1819
gouache on paper in modern frame
sight 15.5" x 13" — 39.4 x 33 cm.
‘Miss. Biffen’ (Beffin, Biffin) was born with no arms and only vestigial legs. In spite of her handicap she learned to write, do needlework and eventually paint which she did on display as a curiosity.