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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1840 Unidentified watercolor on ivory 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.4 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1946.11.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 8

Luce Center Label

In this miniature the unidentified gentleman’s firm jaw and self-assurance suggest a strong personality. The artist skillfully used light and shadow to create a calm effect that underscores the sitter’s composure.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor