Portrait of a Lady

Set in a locket, this mourning miniature holds the memory of a woman’s beauty and elegance. Feathers and a string of navy beads accent her hair, which is styled in the manner of late-eighteenth-century British aristocrats. The portrait’s somber mood conveys the family’s grief after the loss of a loved one.

Title
Portrait of a Lady
Artist
Date
ca. 1780
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1 181 14 in. (2.93.2 cm) half oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – head
Object Number
1979.153.2
Palette
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