Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1850, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1959.7.23
In this miniature the unknown artist emphasized the gentleman’s severe grooming and stern facial features to suggest a serious temperament. The decorative brass frame accentuates the stickpin in his shirt, and both details point to this sitter’s middle-class status in the mid-nineteenth century.
Portrait of a Gentleman
- ca. 1850
- On View
- Not on view.
sight 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 cm) rectangle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
- Mediums Description
- watercolor on ivory
- Portrait male – unidentified – bust
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