Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Jean B. Sel, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1822, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Linden B. Arthur, 1978.169

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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.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artists
Date
ca. 1822
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.7 x 4.4 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Linden B. Arthur

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1978.169
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