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Self-Portrait in a Black Coat  1850

by Richard Caton Woodville

In this small half-length self-portrait, Woodville fashions himself as a privileged urban gentleman, in a formal black coat, white shirt with wing collar, and a black bow tie. He has the smooth, broad forehead that contemporaries associated with superior intelligence and virtue; indeed, artist Chester Harding, who founded and guided the Boston Artists Association in the 18...
H: 9 1/4 x W: 7 1/16 in. (23.5 x 18 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum