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Member of the Carroll Family

ca. 1825 Unidentified watercolor on ivory 2 3/8 x 2 in. (6.0 x 5.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1944.1.1 Not currently on view

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The cream- and rose-colored hues in the background of this miniature complement the sitter’s dreamy expression. The unknown artist chose to emphasize the gentleman’s high forehead, a physical characteristic that, in the nineteenth century, was thought to reveal a poetic intelligence. On the miniature’s reverse, the artist painted a full portrait of a young woman bordered by trees and sky. The natural setting and the woman’s long flowing gown create a sentimental portrait of the gentleman’s lover.


Portrait male - Carroll - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor