Portrait of a New York Gentleman

  • George Linen, Portrait of a New York Gentleman, ca. 1840, oil on canvas mounted on aluminum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.151.1

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George Linen used the European portrait convention of an open window and a curtain drawn back behind his sitter in many of his paintings. Here, he posed his sitter before a window opening onto trees and a moody sky. The gentleman’s upright posture, wide eyes, and high brow convey a gentle and thoughtful personality. Small portraits like this, called cabinet paintings, were popular before photography.

Title
Portrait of a New York Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1840
On View
Dimensions
overall: 6 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (17.2 x 14.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on aluminum
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified
  • History – United States – New York
Object Number
1979.151.1
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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ca. 1840
oil on canvas mounted on aluminum

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