Walter Coles Artist: Francis Rabineau (American, active 1791–1804)


American Paintings and Sculpture

Not on view

This miniature of a gentleman epitomizes the elegant Empire style of Continental miniaturists. The intensely colored background is informed by neoclassical preferences for stark contrasts of light and dark. After Francis Rabineau arrived in America, he produced miniatures as well as crayon portraits and regimental colors in the New York and New Jersey area.


Watercolor on ivory


2 11/16 × 2 3/16 in. (6.8 × 5.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch in memory of Alvin Deutsch, LL.B. 1958, and in honor of Kathleen Luhrs and Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D. 1995

Loan number



19th century


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Sale, Sotheby's, November 18-20,1976, lot 526; With Edward Grosvenor Paine (1911--1994, dealer), New Orleans, Louisiana; sold to Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch and Alvin Deutsch (1932--2021) , New York, by 1985 (on loan as a promised gift to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1999–2022); given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2022
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Object/Work type

lockets, miniatures (paintings), portraits


Lower right: "FR/ 1804"

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