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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1840 Unidentified watercolor on ivory 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1959.7.27 Not currently on view

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An unknown artist painted a client’s collared coat, black cravat, and combed-over hairstyle with lively brushstrokes, blurring the details in the portrait. The slightly impatient expression in the young man’s face suggests that this miniature might have been painted in a hurry.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor