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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 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 1


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.

Keywords

Dress - historic - eighteenth century dress

Portrait male - Lillibridge, Robert

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About William Verstille

Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1803

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