Zachariah F. Johnston

  • Unidentified, Zachariah F. Johnston, ca. 1840, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1950.10.3

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It is not always possible to identify the sitter in a miniature portrait, and research is still being done on some of the works in the Museum’s collection. Miniatures became popular in England during the early 1700s, commissioned by wealthy families on the occasions of births, engagements, weddings, and bereavements. These paintings, elaborately set into lockets or brooches, provided the wearer with a sentimental connection to a loved one. The back of the miniature often revealed a lock of the sitter’s hair, symbolizing affection, commitment, or loss.

Title
Zachariah F. Johnston
Artists
Date
ca. 1840
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 x 1 5/8 in. (5.2 x 4.1 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Johnston, Zachariah F. – bust
Object Number
1950.10.3
Palette
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