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Portrait of a Lady

ca. 1780 Unidentified watercolor on ivory 1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. (2.9 x 3.2 cm) half oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1979.153.2 Not currently on view

Luce Center Label

Set in a locket, this mourning miniature holds the memory of a woman’s beauty and elegance. Feathers and a string of navy beads accent her hair, which is styled in the manner of late-eighteenth-century British aristocrats. The portrait’s somber mood conveys the family’s grief after the loss of a loved one.


Portrait female - unidentified - head

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor