Portrait of a Gentleman

  • James M. Pearce, Portrait of a Gentleman, 19th century, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.40

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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.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
19th century
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 2 5/16 x 1 7/8 in. (5.9 x 4.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1999.27.40
Palette
Linked Open Data
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