Alvan Clark, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1836-1844, watercolor on ivory in a sterling silver frame, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1954.6.1
This unknown gentleman is wearing a wide-collared frock coat and white satin cravat. In 1837, the Gentleman’s Magazine of Fashion described a white cravat as “almost indispensable in full dress” and it was sometimes tied to cover the entire shirtfront.
Portrait of a Gentleman
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image: 3 x 2 3/8 in. (7.7 x 6.1 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
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- watercolor on ivory in a sterling silver frame
- Portrait male – unidentified – bust
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