Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified (French), Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1850, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore, 1950.4.22

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In this miniature, which was probably worn by a loved one, the sitter’s blue eyes, fashionably disheveled hairstyle, and elegant clothing suggest he made an effort to present himself as a worthy suitor. This portrait was set in a bracelet or locket to be worn close to the body, reinforcing the intimacy between the wearer and the sitter.

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“And yet, her undying faith and trust, her fresh remembrance, and continual devotedness towards the original of that miniature, have been the only substance for her heart to feed upon.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables, 1851

Portrait of a Gentleman
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
sight 1 1/4 x 1 in. (3.1 x 2.4 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
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