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Portrait of a Gentleman

1836-1844 Alvan Clark Born: Ashfield, Massachusetts 1804 Died: Cambridge, Massachusetts 1887 watercolor on ivory in a sterling silver frame image: 3 x 2 3/8 in. (7.7 x 6.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1954.6.1 Not currently on view


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This unknown gentleman is wearing a wide-collared frock coat and white satin cravat. In 1837, the Gentleman’s Magazine of Fashion described a white cravat as “almost indispensable in full dress” and it was sometimes tied to cover the entire shirtfront.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory