Hancock, Nathaniel - portrait of a man

Although this miniature portrait of an unknown man is unsigned, it was previously attributed to Joseph Dunkerley, who was active in Boston between 1784 and 1788.

Dunkerley's miniatures often have inaccurate drawing. Faces, figures, and clothing are delicately modelled in a wiry, linear style with thin lips and are lightly defined. 768

Later: A kind visitor has suggested Nathaniel Hancock as another possibility as artist for this miniature. That certainly seems possible, and is probably a better attribution, as both men worked in Boston.

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