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Portrait of a Gentleman from a Connecticut Family

n.d. Unidentified watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 15/16 x 2 3/8 in. (7.5 x 6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.62 Not currently on view


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In this miniature, the gentleman’s off-hand glance, raised eyebrow, and suggestive grin hint at a self-assured personality. His powdered white hairstyle, typical of British aristocrats in the late eighteenth century, suggests his efforts to present himself as a man of fashion and status.

Keywords

History - United States - Connecticut

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory