Colonel Benjamin Stephenson

  • Unidentified, Colonel Benjamin Stephenson, ca. 1800, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1976.56

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It is not always possible to identify the sitter in a miniature portrait, and research is still being done on some of the works in the Museum’s collection. Miniatures became popular in England during the early 1700s, commissioned by wealthy families on the occasions of births, engagements, weddings, and bereavements. These paintings, elaborately set into lockets or brooches, provided the wearer with a sentimental connection to a loved one. The back of the miniature often revealed a lock of the sitter’s hair, symbolizing affection, commitment, or loss.

Title
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson
Artists
Date
ca. 1800
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. (7.2 x 5.3 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Stephenson, Benjamin – bust
Object Number
1976.56
Palette
URL
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI