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1867 Henry Brintnell Bounetheau Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877 watercolor on ivory 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (12.1 x 9.5 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau 1946.3.5 Not currently on view

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Although Henry Brintnell Bounetheau painted this work when he was seventy years old, an inscription inside the miniature makes it clear that he based it on the way he looked at age fifty. The artist may have had another miniature or picture of himself at this age to use as a guide in portraying himself younger than his true years. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.


Occupation - art - painter

Portrait male - Bounetheau, Henry Breintell - bust

Portrait male - Bounetheau, Henry Breintell - miniature

Portrait male - Bounetheau, Henry Breintell - self-portrait

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor