Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials C. B.

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials C. B., ca. 1795, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller, 1980.95.2

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Although this miniature gives the sitter’s initials as “CB,” the man’s identity is unknown. His clothes and posture, however, imply that he was a gentleman who knew the importance of dress at the end of the eighteenth century. The artist elongated the man’s torso and head to call attention to his collar, the blue and red striped shirt, and the ruffles of his white cravat. With his shoulders pressed back and his head held high, this man asserts that he is nothing less than a gentleman prepared for the new century.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials C. B.
Artist
Date
ca. 1795
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (5.4 x 6.7 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1980.95.2
Palette
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