Member of the Yates Family

  • Unidentified, Member of the Yates Family, ca. 1780, watercolor on ivory, 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.

Title
Member of the Yates Family
Artist
Date
ca. 1780
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 1 581 38 in. (4.13.5 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Yates – bust
Object Number
1956.1.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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