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Artist: Walter Robertson, American, born Ireland, ca. 1750–1802


ca. 1795

Watercolor on ivory

2 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (7 × 5.7 cm)
Lelia A. and John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1896, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Collection
Irish miniaturist Walter Robertson forged a friendship with the famous American easel painter Gilbert Stuart in London and came with him to New York in 1793. With its feathery brushstrokes, this miniature of an unidentified gentleman evokes Stuart’s style. Robertson moved to Philadelphia, the nation’s capital, and established a practice serving the political and mercantile elite. He translated Stuart’s feathery brushwork into watercolor on ivory. His miniatures grew in assurance by the time he left the United States in 1796. Robertson’s emigration to India in 1796 underscores the fluidity with which the new British style of miniature painting spread throughout America and the Empire.
Made in United States
Not on view
18th century
Miniatures - Jewelry
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