Portrait of a Gentleman

  • Moses B. Russell, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1847, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.44

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Moses B. Russell’s sitter adopts a casual pose, rather than appearing to be bolt upright, as is the case in so many miniature portraits. The young man’s face is equally relaxed, conveying a sense of confidence and ease. The painter subtly emphasized the assertive character of his subject by revealing a boldly striped vest beneath a somber black coat.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman
Artists
Date
1847
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 2 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (5.6 x 4.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1999.27.44
Palette
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