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Charles Boynton Darling

ca. 1828 Unidentified watercolor on ivory 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (5.9 x 4.8 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1937.6.1 Not currently on view

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Charles Boynton Darling established a dry goods firm in Boston in 1827. His career led him to his future wife, Elizabeth Ellis, whose father was prominent in Boston’s business and political circles. To support his family, Darling worked for various firms before opening his own company in 1865, Charles B. Darling and Son. In this portrait, the stiff, high-necked collar and puffed sleeves complement the gentleman’s haughty expression and obvious sense of pride. The miniature of Elizabeth Ellis is also in this collection.


Portrait male - Darling, Charles Boynton - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor