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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1830 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (5.7 x 4.8 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Bernard N. Burnstine 1946.1.1 Not currently on view


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This miniature has been identified variously as a portrait of Stephen Fuller Austin, the pioneering Texan, or his brother James Brown Austin. Although the man’s features bear a resemblance to the Austins, there is no evidence that Catlin ever met the Texans, and as of this writing, it is not clear who this man is.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory