Description The identity of the young man portrayed here has not been determined, but he is likely an American soldier (despite his red jacket). The use of a solid background indicates that the artist could be French, or French trained. The frame is surrounded with pieces of cut jet, perhaps indicating mourning. The placement of the window on the back of the case, which is towards the top, suggests that it was made in America; England has also been suggested as a place of origin for the case. The window is filled with loosely plaited hair, which is dark so may not have belonged to the sitter.
Provenance A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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