Miniature Portrait of Sea Captain and Sailing Ship

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Miniature portrait of a sea captain featuring his sailing ship in the background. New England, 1805 – 1825. Unsigned. Watercolor on paper. Held in a period molded pine frame.

A half-length watercolor on paper miniature portrait of a gentleman, likely a sea captain, shown with a slight turn to the right, with short cropped hair combed forward and a short cropped beard.  He is shown wearing a white stock tie, a white ruffled shirt and a blue jacket with a tall collar and a double row of brass buttons. Over the gentleman’s left shoulder is a view of a three mast sailing ship, under full sail and flying an American flag.