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Portrait of a Man

1867 George H. Hite Born: Urbana, Ohio 1807 Died: New York, New York watercolor on ivory 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (12.0 x 9.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Alice T. Williams 1991.168 Not currently on view


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This elegantly dressed young man sat for this miniature on January 1, 1867. The artist used the edges of the ivory as a palette, and when the painting is viewed without its frame, you can see all the test strokes of paint. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory