Unidentified, Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1780, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.153.2
Set in a locket, this mourning miniature holds the memory of a woman’s beauty and elegance. Feathers and a string of navy beads accent her hair, which is styled in the manner of late-eighteenth-century British aristocrats. The portrait’s somber mood conveys the family’s grief after the loss of a loved one.
Portrait of a Lady
- ca. 1780
- On View
- Not on view.
1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. (2.9 x 3.2 cm) half oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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- watercolor on ivory
- Portrait female – unidentified – head
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