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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1850 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 2 3/4 x 2 in. (7.0 x 5.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1962.5.2 Not currently on view


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This miniature shows the forceful, confident figure of a nineteenth-century businessman. During the 1850s, such men wore dark clothes to indicate their professionalism and sobriety. This sitter’s low collar and smaller necktie mark the shift from earlier high collars and elaborate cravats that identified men of wealth and leisure.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory