Colonial Soldier

  • Unidentified, Colonial Soldier, ca. 1770, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore, 1950.4.14

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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
Colonial Soldier
Artist
Date
ca. 1770
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 1 7/16 x 1 1/8 in. (3.6 x 2.8 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – uniform – military uniform
  • Occupation – military – soldier
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1950.4.14
Palette
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