Jean B. Sel, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1822, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Linden B. Arthur, 1978.169
In the 1820s, gentlemen wore their shirt collars so high that the neck completely disappeared. The cravat could be worn in a wide variety of ways, and here it is shown in what appears to be the “Oriental” style. The sitter’s hair is cut and combed forward in the romantic style made popular by the English poet Lord Byron.
Portrait of a Gentleman
- ca. 1822
- On View
- Not on view.
sight 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.7 x 4.4 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Linden B. Arthur
- Portrait male – unidentified – bust
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