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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1810-1825 Unidentified watercolor with pencil on paper image (oval): 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 in. (8.6 x 7.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.75 Not currently on view

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The elaborate gold-leaf petals around this miniature draw our eye into the painting. The gentleman’s full-cut, high collar and disheveled hairstyle were typical of an early-nineteenth-century dandy. Framed miniatures of this sort were intended for display rather than to be worn on the body.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

Portrait male - unidentified - profile

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor