Sarah Miriam Peale (May 19, 1800-February 4, 1885) was an American portrait painter, considered the first American woman to succeed as a professional artist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Miriam_Peale
Portrait of the Honorable Dixon Hall Lewis by Sarah Miriam Peale
c.1842 / Oil on canvas / Size? / Birmingham Museum of Art, AL
Sarah Miriam Peale on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/sarah-miriam-peale/