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Portrait of a Child

ca. 1800 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on ivory 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (6.2 x 4.9 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1963.9.5 Not currently on view


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This is thought to be a painting of a child known only as “Miss Borrie.” The artist applied touches of red to the girl’s lips and cheeks in this otherwise subdued painting to emphasize her smiling expression.

Keywords

Portrait female - unidentified - bust

Portrait female - unidentified - child

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory