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Portrait of a Gentleman

1842 Moses B. Russell Born: Woodstock, New Hampshire Died: 1884 watercolor on ivory 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.4 x 5.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1940.9.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 8


Luce Center Label

Moses B. Russell faithfully recorded the high cheekbones, huge gray eyes, and thick, wavy hair of this unidentified young man. As was the case of miniatures painted in this period, the painter gave all his effort to capturing the likeness of his sitter, subordinating the background and costume to the romanticized face.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory