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Portrait of a Young Lady

ca. 1790 William Verstille Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1803 watercolor on ivory 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.5 x 3.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1942.11.5 Not currently on view

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The identity of the young lady shown in this miniature remains a mystery. The artist’s delicate brushwork is evident in the fine lines of the sitter’s hair and the lace around her gown. The head and eyes appear disproportionally large, emphasizing her petite figure and innocent expression.


Portrait female - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor