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Man with Gold Pencil

Man with Gold Pencil
Attributed to
Prior-Hamblen School, n.d.
Sitter
unidentified
Date
ca. 1850
Type
Painting
Folk Art
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
27 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (69.1 x 56.6 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1986.65.133
Luce Center Label
Sturtevant Hamblin and William Matthew Prior charged their patrons higher prices for their portraits according to the amount of shading and detail they requested. The artists would have charged a high price for this portrait, since they included the pleats in the gentleman’s shirt and the shadows around the cleft of his chin. The gold pencil, which he wears around his neck, marks this sitter as a man of letters.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Usage