Captain Robert Lillibridge
ca. 1795 William Verstille Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1803 watercolor on ivory sight 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (6.0 x 4.4 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.59.1 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Robert Lillibridge, a sea captain born in 1767, died aboard his ship of typhoid fever in 1809. His crew buried him at sea off the coast of Africa. This portrait of Captain Lillibridge shows William Verstille’s tendency to portray his subjects with dramatic eyes set closely under the brows, with “bristly” hair and thin lips that appear slightly misplaced.
Dress - historic - eighteenth century dress
Portrait male - Lillibridge, Robert
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor