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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1795 Henry Benbridge Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1743 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1812 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.45 Not currently on view


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This portrait of a gruff-looking gentleman was originally attributed to Edward Savage, but research indicates it is by Henry Benbridge. The sitter’s wary expression and pugnacious jaw suggest a personality only slightly tamed by elegant clothing.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory