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Portrait of a Young Man
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Portrait of a Young Man

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This miniature portrait is of an unknown young man in a black coat, waistcoat, and collar. Under the mount the corner of the thin rectangular ivory support is signed in ink "B. West." This may be the sitter's, rather than the artist's name as the costume of the subject suggests a date later than 1820, the year Benjamin West died.
Date Description Narrative
9/27/2013ExaminationExamined for gallery talk
Provenance Thomas Footer, Cumberland, MD, until 1921; Ellen G. Keene, Baltimore, 1921, by inheritance; Mrs. Mary K. Greenblatt, Baltimore, Maryland and her brother, Cy Keene, Jr., Owings Mills, Maryland, 1994, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1995, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On back of frame in cursive: Portrait of / young man / by / Bejamin West / history inside [Inscribed] lower left corner under mount: B. West
Credit Gift of Mrs. Cyril W. Keene, 1995

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ca. 1840
watercolor on ivory (?)
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Framed H: 4 5/8 × W: 3 9/16 in. (11.8 × 9 cm); Inner oval opening H: 2 13/16 × W: 2 1/2 in. (7.2 × 6.3 cm); Painted image H: 3 x W: 2 5/8 in. (7.6 x 6.6 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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