Maritime Portrait Miniature

Exceptional Portrait Miniature/ Maritime Gentleman

Measuring 5″ diameter overall, this unsigned watercolor on paper portrait depicts a handsome gentleman exquisitly rendered. While neither the face nor the verso reveal any  information as to artist or sitter,  the piece strikes us as an American school image.  The gentleman is decidedly, on the basis of his brass buttons and ear ring, a seagoing fellow…likely a captain. The use of an ear ring in this period would have been worn to indicate either the crossing of the equator or the circumnavigation of the globe.


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