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Charles Frederick Vogel

ca. 1835 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (5.4 x 4.4 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1938.3.1 Not currently on view


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The man depicted in this miniature may be a Charles Frederick Vogel who was christened in New York in December 1811. The vivid blue coat and lighter blue background emphasize the color of the sitter’s eyes. The rosy color in Vogel’s cheeks and the soft browns in the background draw attention to the elegant and expensive stickpin directly below his black cravat. The ornamental pin may have been a gift from the woman who wore this miniature.

Keywords

Portrait male - Vogel, Charles Frederick - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory