Portrait of a Lady

  • Thomas S. Officer, Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1850, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore, 1950.4.41

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Thomas Officer painted this miniature while he was living in Mexico between 1848 and 1850. The lady wears a brooch and bracelet possibly of black onyx, and a necklace and earrings of pearls. These accessories accentuate the contrast between her fair skin and dark eyes and hair. The elegant pose has been undercut by the formal, almost awkward rendering of the sitter’s left hand.

Title
Portrait of a Lady
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 5 x 2 1/2 in. (12.7 x 6.4 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1950.4.41
Palette
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