Portrait of a Lady

  • James Sanford Ellsworth, Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1850, watercolor on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.12

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These miniatures display James Sanford Ellsworth’s unique approach to painting his sitters. They are shown in profile, seated in a Victorian armchair with their hands crossed. The chair appears to dissolve into a swirling arabesque, with a “clover-leaf” halo surrounding the sitter’s head and cloudlike forms in the background.

Title
Portrait of a Lady
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 7.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – waist length
Object Number
1999.27.12
Palette
Linked Open Data
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