Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1850, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. C. H. Roper, 1963.11.6

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The gentleman in this miniature embodies the nineteenth-century middle class. The elaborate cravats and collars of the first few decades in the nineteenth century gave way to this “uniform” of a bourgeois gentleman, groomed and sitting stiffly for his portrait. The leaf-patterned frame suggests that this miniature was painted for the man’s wife or sweetheart, and if so, the sitter would have wanted to present himself as a suitable “catch.”

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (7.3 x 6.0 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. C. H. Roper

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1963.11.6
Palette
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