Portrait of a Gentleman

  • James Peale, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1793, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Margaret Brennan, 2012.21

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Although the identity of the sitter is unknown, clues within James Peale's miniature reveal his social standing. The white cravat around his neck, fashionable among wealthy men in the late eighteenth century, indicates that he was interested in the latest clothing trends. The man's confident gaze meets our own, telling us that he is assured of his place in society. The exquisite detail, seen in the irises of his eyes and the embroidery on his shirt, all rendered with thin, delicate brushstrokes, demonstrates Peale's mastery of the medium.
Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
1793
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 3/8 in. x 2 in. x 1/2 in. (5.9 x 5.1 x 1.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Margaret Brennan

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
2012.21
Palette
Linked Open Data
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