Past Exhibitions
Anna Claypoole Peale, Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), 1819. Watercolor on ivory. Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Private Faces of Public People: 1750–1900

  • August 17, 2005–June 1, 2007
This special exhibition of American miniatures from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection features 29 portraits of leaders in politics and the arts, including George and Martha Washington, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin West, and Paul Revere. Portrait miniatures, often decorated with locks of hair on the reverse, served as surrogates for absent loved ones during long separations when husbands and fathers—statesmen, soldiers, artists, and actors—traveled to serve their country or earn a living, leaving their families behind.
Exhibition organized by Robin Jaffee Frank, the Alice and Allan Kaplan Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery.

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