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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1815 Unidentified watercolor on paper sight 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (12.0 x 9.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the National Museum of American History, Division of Transportation, Smithsonian Institution 1982.99 Not currently on view

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This is a larger miniature than most, in which an unknown artist captured a gentleman’s character by focusing on his serious eyes and firm mouth. Thin, delicate brushstrokes reveal the details of his eyes, the wrinkles of his skin and the strands of his hair, while the dark palette evokes a melancholy mood.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor