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Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist
Unidentified
Sitter
unidentified
Date
ca. 1850
Type
Painting-Miniature
Medium
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions
sight 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 cm) rectangle
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1959.7.23
Luce Center Label
In this miniature the unknown artist emphasized the gentleman’s severe grooming and stern facial features to suggest a serious temperament. The decorative brass frame accentuates the stickpin in his shirt, and both details point to this sitter’s middle-class status in the mid-nineteenth century.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Usage