William Verstille, Captain Robert Lillibridge, ca. 1795, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.59.1
Robert Lillibridge, a sea captain born in 1767, died aboard his ship of typhoid fever in 1809. His crew buried him at sea off the coast of Africa. This portrait of Captain Lillibridge shows William Verstille’s tendency to portray his subjects with dramatic eyes set closely under the brows, with “bristly” hair and thin lips that appear slightly misplaced.
Captain Robert Lillibridge
- ca. 1795
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sight 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (6.0 x 4.4 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Portrait male – Lillibridge, Robert
- Dress – historic – eighteenth century dress
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