James Sanford Ellsworth, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1850, watercolor on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.13
These miniatures display James Sanford Ellsworth’s unique approach to painting his sitters. They are shown in profile, seated in a Victorian armchair with their hands crossed. The chair appears to dissolve into a swirling arabesque, with a “clover-leaf” halo surrounding the sitter’s head and cloudlike forms in the background.
Portrait of a Gentleman
- ca. 1850
- On View
- Not on view.
sight 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (8.2 x 7.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
- Mediums Description
- watercolor on paper
- Portrait male – unidentified – waist length
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