Portrait of a Lady

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1780, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.153.2

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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.

Title
Portrait of a Lady
Artist
Date
ca. 1780
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. (2.9 x 3.2 cm) half oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – head
Object Number
1979.153.2
Palette
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