Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials J. B.
Born: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1843
watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.5 x 5.0 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 3
Luce Center Label
On the back of this miniature the initials “JB” are monogrammed in gold over hairwork, offering the only clue we have to the identity of the sitter. This piece was originally attributed to Raphaelle Peale, of the Philadelphia family of painters, but was later determined to have been the work of Benjamin Trott.
Portrait male - unidentified - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor