Portrait of a Gentleman

In this miniature, which was probably worn by a loved one, the sitter’s blue eyes, fashionably disheveled hairstyle, and elegant clothing suggest he made an effort to present himself as a worthy suitor. This portrait was set in a bracelet or locket to be worn close to the body, reinforcing the intimacy between the wearer and the sitter.

And yet, her undying faith and trust, her fresh remembrance, and continual devotedness towards the original of that miniature, have been the only substance for her heart to feed upon.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables, 1851

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 1 141 in. (3.12.4 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1950.4.22
Palette
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