Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1840, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore, 1950.4.37

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This gentleman’s clothing reflects mid-nineteenth-century tastes, when men wore darker colors, particularly black and blue, to convey a sense of sobriety and professionalism in a new middle-class society. His thick curly hair, sideburns, and tender expression, however, suggest a romantic side to his personality.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1840
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (4.4 x 3.8 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
1950.4.37
Palette
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