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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1822 Jean B. Sel Born: Dominican Republic Died: New Orleans, Louisiana 1832 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.7 x 4.4 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Linden B. Arthur 1978.169 Not currently on view


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In the 1820s, gentlemen wore their shirt collars so high that the neck completely disappeared. The cravat could be worn in a wide variety of ways, and here it is shown in what appears to be the “Oriental” style. The sitter’s hair is cut and combed forward in the romantic style made popular by the English poet Lord Byron.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory