Portrait of a Lady
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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 1
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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