Thomas Wix Borden at the age of Two Years

  • Unidentified, Thomas Wix Borden at the age of Two Years, ca. 1820, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.72.3

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Thomas Hicks Borden, the son of John and Comfort Cory, was born in 1820 and this miniature depicts him at two years of age. Thomas’s portrait is very different from those of his parents because the artist painted the child’s entire figure, a more expensive option for a painter’s clients. Thomas wears a vibrant red gown in a period when children of both sexes wore dresses until the age of three or four. Skirts symbolized dependence, but Thomas holds a whip to establish that he is male.

Title
Thomas Wix Borden at the age of Two Years
Artists
Date
ca. 1820
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image: 4 3/8 x 3 1/4 in. (11.1 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Borden, Thomas Wix – child
  • Portrait male – Borden, Thomas Wix – full length
  • Landscape
Object Number
1999.27.72.3
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