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Portrait of a Gentleman

19th century Unidentified watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 5/8 x 2 3/16 in. (6.6 x 5.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.87 Not currently on view

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The artist’s faint drawing and monochrome palette created a cheerless mood in this image. The anonymous gentleman’s shadowed eyes and slight frown evoke a melancholy mood, suggesting that this was a mourning miniature.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor