Portrait of a Lady

  • Unidentified, Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1760, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.54

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In the 1760s, American artists learned from examples of English and Continental paintings. The distorted features and sketchy details of this portrait suggest it was painted by a novice. The woman’s crystal-clear blue eyes, however, are painted with more detail and meet the viewer’s gaze directly.

Title
Portrait of a Lady
Artists
Date
ca. 1760
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 1 1/8 x 1 in. (3.0 x 2.4 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – bust
Object Number
1999.27.54
Palette
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