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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1805 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (6.2 x 4.7 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1950.4.6 Not currently on view

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This man’s elegantly knotted tie clearly shows Raphaelle Peale’s deft brushwork. Although we do not know who the sitter was, he was a man “of means” who could afford fine clothes and the services of one of America’s leading miniaturists.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor