Portrait of a Lady
ca. 1760 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 1 1/8 x 1 in. (3.0 x 2.4 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.54 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
In the 1760s, American artists learned from examples of English and Continental paintings. The distorted features and sketchy details of this portrait suggest it was painted by a novice. The woman’s crystal-clear blue eyes, however, are painted with more detail and meet the viewer’s gaze directly.
Portrait female - unidentified - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor
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