Doyle, William - portrait of a man

Although this miniature portrait of an unknown man is not signed, it has been attributed to William M S Doyle (1769-1828) who worked in Boston. This attribution was made based upon the pose, where the sitter is posed sligtly left of centre, which was the normal way Doyle arranged his portraits of men.

However, against this attribution is that the portrait is better painted than most of Doyle's work and it is unsigned. Doyle normally signed his work on the front. Based upon the front opening frame and the painting style, it is definitely American. 635

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