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Portrait of a Gentleman

1847 Moses B. Russell Born: Woodstock, New Hampshire Died: 1884 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (5.6 x 4.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.44 Not currently on view

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Moses B. Russell’s sitter adopts a casual pose, rather than appearing to be bolt upright, as is the case in so many miniature portraits. The young man’s face is equally relaxed, conveying a sense of confidence and ease. The painter subtly emphasized the assertive character of his subject by revealing a boldly striped vest beneath a somber black coat.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor