LECTURE How America Found its Face: Portrait Miniatures in the New Republic

Our guest speaker is Elle Shushan, dealer in fine portrait miniatures in Philadelphia and London, as well as author, lecturer, and museum consultant.

Elle Shushan, Dealer in Fine Portrait Miniatures in Philadelphia and London, Author, Lecturer, and Museum Consultant

This talk will explore how American portrait miniatures in the early 1800s developed an open, lighter appearance that reflected the new republic’s optimism. Washes of watercolor bathed rectangular ivory supports with luminosity. Backgrounds of blue sky and clouds gave way to feigned landscapes tinged with shades of turquoise and mauve. The uniquely American characteristics of this new majestic style influenced, among other artists, Gilbert Stuart and George Savage.

  • Included with admission | Space is limited and attendees will receive a wristband from the admission desk the day of the lecture.

IMAGE: Self Portrait Miniature of Ezra Ames, Ezra Ames, c. 1800, watercolor on ivory, gold, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Miss Elizabeth S. Edwards, 1953.38.2

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