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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1800 P. E. Stroëhling Born: Dusseldorf, Germany 1768 Died: London, England watercolor on ivory sight 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (8.3 x 6.4 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1946.9.3 Not currently on view


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This striking young gentleman is shown against a background of stormy clouds, which emphasize his dark features and serious expression. The dramatic background, ruffled hair, and moody expression evoke the romantic ideal made popular by the English poet Lord Byron.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory