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Portrait of a Gentleman with Initials G. D.

The intertwined initials "GD" on the back of this locket are the only clue to the gentleman's identity. His hair reflects the change at the end of the eighteenth century, when many younger men rejected wigs in favor of natural hair. The short top and curled sides of this sitter's hair were styled to accommodate a top hat.

Credit: Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund...

Ca. 1805
Watercolor on ivory
6.4 x 5.2cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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