Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman, ca. 1850, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1962.5.2

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This miniature shows the forceful, confident figure of a nineteenth-century businessman. During the 1850s, such men wore dark clothes to indicate their professionalism and sobriety. This sitter’s low collar and smaller necktie mark the shift from earlier high collars and elaborate cravats that identified men of wealth and leisure.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 3/4 x 2 in. (7.0 x 5.1 cm)
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
1962.5.2
Palette
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