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John Beale Bordley

1821 Joseph Robinson watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (7.3 x 5.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.42 Not currently on view

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This is thought to be a miniature of one of Charles Willson Peale’s earliest and most loyal patrons, the Maryland agriculturist John Beale Bordley (1727-1804). The date of the miniature, however, seventeen years after Bordley’s death, makes the identification unlikely. Although the man’s features bear a passing resemblance to Bordley, further research needs to be done.


Portrait male - Bordley, John Beale - bust

Portrait male - Bordley, John Beale - profile

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor