John Borden, Father of Thomas Wix Borden
ca. 1820 Unidentified watercolor on paper image (oval): 3 11/16 x 2 11/16 in. (9.4 x 6.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 19126.96.36.199 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
The artist painted miniatures of John Borden, his wife Comfort, and their son Thomas Hicks. In this portrait, the artist emphasized small details like the tendrils of John Borden’s hair, his sideburns, and the shape of his nose. The formality of Borden’s pose and his placement in the setting are significant because he faces his wife and child, indicating his role as the head of the family.
Portrait male - Borden, John - bust
Portrait male - Borden, John - profile
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor