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Portrait of a New York Gentleman

ca. 1840 Attributed to George Linen Born: Greenlaw, Scotland 1802 Died: New York, New York 1888 oil on canvas mounted on aluminum overall: 6 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (17.2 x 14.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1979.151.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 1B


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George Linen used the European portrait convention of an open window and a curtain drawn back behind his sitter in many of his paintings. Here, he posed his sitter before a window opening onto trees and a moody sky. The gentleman’s upright posture, wide eyes, and high brow convey a gentle and thoughtful personality. Small portraits like this, called cabinet paintings, were popular before photography.

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History - United States - New York

Portrait male - unidentified

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum

About Attributed to George Linen

Born: Greenlaw, Scotland 1802 Died: New York, New York 1888

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