Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials G. D.
ca. 1805 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.2 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1942.7.2 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
The intertwined initials “GD” on the back of this locket are the only clue to the gentleman’s identity. His hair reflects the change at the end of the eighteenth century, when many younger men rejected wigs in favor of natural hair. The short top and curled sides of this sitter’s hair were styled to accommodate a top hat.
Portrait male - D., G. - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor