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Antoinette Bates

ca. 1837 Unidentified Born: England Died: United States watercolor on ivory 2 3/8 x 2 in. (6.0 x 5.1 cm) octagon Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1940.5.1 Not currently on view

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The artist painted a rose-colored background to complement Antoinette Bates’s porcelain complexion. Her simple dress and absence of jewelry emphasize her large eyes, which are framed by the soft curls of hair on either side of her face.


Portrait female - Bates, Antoinette - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor