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Member of the Mayfield Family

ca. 1805 George Place Born: Dublin, Ireland 1775 Died: Lucknow, India 1809 watercolor on ivory 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (7.3 x 5.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1953.7.4 Not currently on view


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Until we learn more about George Place’s life and career, it is impossible to know if the artist painted this member of the Mayfield family in the United Kingdom, the United States, or in India. The gentleman’s features appear lifelike, but his disproportionally large head and wide eyes create an unnatural composition.

Keywords

Portrait male - Mayfield, - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About George Place

Born: Dublin, Ireland 1775 Died: Lucknow, India 1809