Man with Gold Pencil

  • Prior-Hamblen School, Man with Gold Pencil, ca. 1850, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.133

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Sturtevant Hamblin and William Matthew Prior charged their patrons higher prices for their portraits according to the amount of shading and detail they requested. The artists would have charged a high price for this portrait, since they included the pleats in the gentleman’s shirt and the shadows around the cleft of his chin. The gold pencil, which he wears around his neck, marks this sitter as a man of letters.

Title
Man with Gold Pencil
Artists
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
27 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (69.1 x 56.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1986.65.133
Palette
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