Portrait of a Boy with a Whip

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Boy with a Whip, ca. 1830, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. David Karrick, 1963.8.2

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It is not always possible to identify the sitter in a miniature portrait, and research is still being done on some of the works in the Museum’s collection. Miniatures became popular in England during the early 1700s, commissioned by wealthy families on the occasions of births, engagements, weddings, and bereavements. These paintings, elaborately set into lockets or brooches, provided the wearer with a sentimental connection to a loved one. The back of the miniature often revealed a lock of the sitter’s hair, symbolizing affection, commitment, or loss.

Portrait of a Boy with a Whip
ca. 1830
On View
Not on view.
sight 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (9.2 x 5.7 cm) rectangle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. David Karrick

Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Portrait male – unidentified – child
  • Portrait male – unidentified – knee length
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