Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials G. D.
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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 3
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