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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1810 Unidentified (Puerto Rican) watercolor on ivory 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.27 Not currently on view


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The unidentified gentleman’s neatly tied cravat contrasts with his disheveled hairstyle, both of which were common to early-nineteenth-century fashions. In this framed miniature the sitter’s upward glance, possibly to heaven, suggests it was commissioned to mourn the recent loss of a loved one.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory