James M. Pearce, Portrait of a Gentleman, 19th century, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.40
Although this piece is unsigned, the pronounced cross-hatching in the background, the vague sense of clouds behind the man’s head, and the shorthand strokes that create the edges of his necktie are all characteristics of the work of James M. Pearce. The intertwined initials “WC” on the back of the locket are the only clue to the sitter’s identity.
Portrait of a Gentleman
- 19th century
- On View
- Not on view.
image (oval): 2 5/16 x 1 7/8 in. (5.9 x 4.8 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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