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This small drawing of Rubens Peale (1784-1864) resembles many of the silhouettes made during this period, showing the artist's brother in profile. Rubens was a favorite subject for his artistic family, and several members painted his likeness. Designed to be framed and hung on a wall rather than in a closed locket worn on the body, this piece demonstrates how the line between miniatures and small-scale drawings was beginning to blur.

Credit: Gift of Edwin Kirk...

Ca. 1800
Watercolor on paper
9.5 x 6.7cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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