Unidentified, Member of the Yates Family, ca. 1780, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1956.1.1
Mr. Yates’s hair, with its two curls above each ear, reflects the style of the late eighteenth century when men made the transition from wigs to their own, often powdered, hair. The sitter’s elongated nose, thin lips, sad eyes, and weak jawline give him a feeble appearance, and he may have chosen to wear a vibrantly colored coat in his portrait to compensate for these timid features.
Member of the Yates Family
- ca. 1780
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- Not on view.
sight 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (4.1 x 3.5 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
- Portrait male – Yates – bust
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