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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1830 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 5 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (13.7 x 11.1 cm) octagon Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution 1993.37 Not currently on view

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By the 1830s, miniatures appeared in various shapes and sizes, becoming less “intimate” than locket miniatures. Patrons now exhibited these pictures more publicly in frames and cases in their homes. Artists, however, continued to use devices to draw viewers into the image. In this portrait, the rich blue fabric complements the colors in the image, and highlights the gentleman’s fixed gaze.


Portrait male - unidentified - Miniature

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor