Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1845, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1963.9.8

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In this miniature the sitter’s blue eyes and gentle facial features emphasize a calm composure and intelligence. His combed-over hairstyle reveals his forehead, suggesting his desire to be perceived as honest and intelligent. According to “phrenologists,” who examined the shapes of skulls, specific characteristics of a person’s nature were communicated through the features of the head.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1845
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 3 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (8.6 x 6.7 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1963.9.8
Palette
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