Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1826, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore, 1950.4.46

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The miniature of this gentleman is set in a frame, probably at the request of a patron who wished to display the portrait, rather than wear it close to the body. The thick frame focuses the viewer’s gaze on the sitter’s eyes, emphasizing his stern expression and exaggerated formality. His posture, clothing, and tense features suggest that he was concerned about his representation and status.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1826
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (6.2 x 4.8 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1950.4.46
Palette
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