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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1826 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (6.2 x 4.8 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore 1950.4.46 Not currently on view

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The miniature of this gentleman is set in a frame, probably at the request of a patron who wished to display the portrait, rather than wear it close to the body. The thick frame focuses the viewer’s gaze on the sitter’s eyes, emphasizing his stern expression and exaggerated formality. His posture, clothing, and tense features suggest that he was concerned about his representation and status.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor