Portrait Miniature

Portrait Miniature

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An oval watercolor half length portrait of a man in frock coat and a frill shirt. The painting is painted on a paper-thin oval of ivory. The miniature is set in an oval case of wood interior covered with green fabric, the exterior is a deep red colored leather, and it has a lid with a broken hinge and hook.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Other Terms
Painting; Pictures; Portrait
date made
late 18th to early 19th century
place made
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
ivory (image material)
watercolor (image material)
wood (frame material)
leather (frame material)
overall, storage box: 1 1/4 in x 10 1/8 in x 6 1/8 in; 3.175 cm x 25.7175 cm x 15.5575 cm
overall, painting: 5/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 7.3025 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of The Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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