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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1850 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1959.7.23 Not currently on view


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In this miniature the unknown artist emphasized the gentleman’s severe grooming and stern facial features to suggest a serious temperament. The decorative brass frame accentuates the stickpin in his shirt, and both details point to this sitter’s middle-class status in the mid-nineteenth century.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory