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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1840 Unidentified watercolor on ivory image (oval): 1 11/16 x 1 3/8 in. (4.3 x 3.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.61 Not currently on view

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The older gentleman in this miniature holds an eyepiece suspended on a fabric loop. The sitter’s three-piece black suit and tie imply he was a responsible member of middle-class society. His warm eyes, colored with the same hues as the background, suggest a kind and intelligent personality.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor