Smart is especially remembered for his miniature portraits of children. He preferred to work on a small scale, painting with minute brush strokes.


  • Title: Portrait of a Boy
  • Creator: John Smart (English, 1741-1811)
  • Date Created: 1770
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Painter: John Smart (English, 1741-1811)
  • Provenance: Abraham Jay Fink; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1956 [A-203]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings)
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory, gold locket set with braid of hair
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] On left side: J. S.; [Date] On left side: 1770
  • Exhibitions: Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
  • Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (3.18 x 3.81 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.266

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