Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1780-1790, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.34

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This portrait was originally attributed to the artist Charles Willson Peale, but research has since proved this not to be the case. We do not know who the artist or the sitter were for this eighteenth-century miniature. The sitter wears a simple white cravat and unpowdered hair, as many colonists did to distinguish themselves from Loyalists.

Portrait of a Gentleman
ca. 1780-1790
On View
Not on view.
image (oval): 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
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