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Portrait of a Boy

ca. 1800 Unidentified (Italian) oil on canvas 27 x 25 in. (68.6 x 63.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mabel Johnson Langhorne 1956.11.41 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 4A

Luce Center Label

In this portrait the artist captured the forceful and confident personality of a boy. The youth wears a jacket, red vest, and a stylish white cravat with an upturned collar, suggesting his future role in society as an upper-class gentleman. The sitter was probably eleven or twelve years old when his portrait was made, but his identity, as well as the artist’s, is unknown.


Figure male - child - bust

Portrait male - unidentified - child


paint - oil

fabric - canvas