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Portrait of a Gentleman

Unidentified miniature in relief (wax) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith Coon Carr 1966.4.3 Not currently on view


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In this wax miniature the artist modeled the gentleman’s “pigtail queue” hairstyle, ruffled cravat, and stiff frock coat. The profile view and vivid blue background call attention to the sitter’s dignified posture. The elaborately detailed frame, which the sitter would have chosen beforehand, also emphasizes his elegance and taste.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

Portrait male - unidentified - profile

painting - miniature