A Gentleman

James Pealeca. 1800

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Bust-length, almost frontal portrait of a dark-haired young man with eyes towards the observer. He wears a navy blue coat and white muslin stock. The gold locket frame is set with thirty-nine old mine-cut diamonds with a total weight of about 9.5 carats. The sitter appears to wear a diamond stud on his shirt front. The back is decorated with plaited field of hair which covers the whole of the surface. The miniature may be European rather than American.

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  • Title: A Gentleman
  • Creator: Attributed to James Peale (American, 1749-1831) (?)
  • Date Created: ca. 1800
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  • Roles: Artist: Attributed to James Peale (American, 1749-1831) (?)
  • Provenance: Herbert Lawton [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory, gold, diamonds, hair
  • Inscriptions: [Signed] P
  • Geography: Place of Origin: Maryland
  • Dimensions: H excluding frame: 1 3/8 x W: 1 5/8 in. (3.49 x 4.13 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.429