Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials H. D. C.
watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 5
Luce Center Label
Around 1794, the style of powdering hair fell out of favor. In this miniature, the sitter’s long white and gray hair, possibly pulled back in a “pigtail queue,” marks the change from British aristocratic fashion to new trends set by young Americans. The casual hair, assertive expression, and sensual mouth express this gentleman’s confidence, and perhaps even imply a mischievous streak.
Portrait male - unidentified - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor