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Portrait of a Gentleman

1838 George W. Newcombe Born: England 1799 Died: New York, New York 1845 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 in. (5.4 x 4.0 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1957.3.1 Not currently on view

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According to an inscription on the back of this miniature, this work was painted while George Newcombe was living on Broadway, in New York City. The gentleman wears a fashionably high-collared coat and black cravat that contrast with his hair and skin coloring. The tilt of his body heightens the man’s lively gaze and quiet smile.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor