Brother-in-law of Mrs. Alexander Rose
ca. 1795 Archibald Robertson Born: Moneymusk, Scotland 1765 Died: New York, New York 1835 watercolor on ivory sight 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (4.0 x 3.0 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1933.7.2 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Alexander Rose and his wife, the former Margaret Smith, both had their portraits painted in miniature by Pierre Henri, and both are in this collection [see 1946.11.6 and 1933.7.1]. Mrs. Rose’s father was a prominent New York Loyalist, Judge William Smith, and Margaret was his thirteenth child. This sitter may be the husband of one of Margaret’s sisters. The miniature was meant to be worn as part of a bracelet, and the pierced edges of the mount were used to attach the wristband much like today’s wristwatch. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
Portrait male - Rose, Alex., Mrs., Brother-in-Law of - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor