Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials H. D. C.

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials H. D. C., ca. 1795, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller, 1980.95.1

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Around 1794, the style of powdering hair fell out of favor. In this miniature, the sitter’s long white and gray hair, possibly pulled back in a “pigtail queue,” marks the change from British aristocratic fashion to new trends set by young Americans. The casual hair, assertive expression, and sensual mouth express this gentleman’s confidence, and perhaps even imply a mischievous streak.

Title
Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials H. D. C.
Artist
Date
ca. 1795
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1980.95.1
Palette
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