Unidentified, Thomas Wix Borden at the age of Two Years, ca. 1820, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 19184.108.40.206
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.
Thomas Wix Borden at the age of Two Years
- ca. 1820
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image: 4 3/8 x 3 1/4 in. (11.1 x 8.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
- Portrait male – Borden, Thomas Wix – child
- Portrait male – Borden, Thomas Wix – full length
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