Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Moses B. Russell, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1842, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1940.9.2

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Moses B. Russell faithfully recorded the high cheekbones, huge gray eyes, and thick, wavy hair of this unidentified young man. As was the case of miniatures painted in this period, the painter gave all his effort to capturing the likeness of his sitter, subordinating the background and costume to the romanticized face.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
1842
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.4 x 5.3 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1940.9.2
Palette
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