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Mr. Rutherford

ca. 1820 Attributed to Henry Inman Born: Utica, New York 1801 Died: New York, New York 1846 watercolor on ivory sight 3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.6 x 6.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.21 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 7


Luce Center Label

This miniature is attributed to Henry Inman, but we do not know anything about the sitter, Mr. Rutherford. His gathered sleeves may have been padded to add extra volume, as was the fashion during the 1820s. In Henry Luttrell’s poem Advice to Julia, these “buckram-wadded shoulders” astonished “all beholders.”

Keywords

Portrait male - Rutherford, Mr. - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

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Born: Utica, New York 1801 Died: New York, New York 1846

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