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
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