John Borden, Father of Thomas Wix Borden

  • Unidentified, John Borden, Father of Thomas Wix Borden, ca. 1820, watercolor on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.72.2

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The artist painted miniatures of John Borden, his wife Comfort, and their son Thomas Hicks. In this portrait, the artist emphasized small details like the tendrils of John Borden’s hair, his sideburns, and the shape of his nose. The formality of Borden’s pose and his placement in the setting are significant because he faces his wife and child, indicating his role as the head of the family.

Title
John Borden, Father of Thomas Wix Borden
Artist
Date
ca. 1820
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 3 11/16 x 2 11/16 in. (9.4 x 6.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Borden, John – bust
  • Portrait male – Borden, John – profile
Object Number
1999.27.72.2
Palette
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