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Title James Shoolbred Gibbes
Artist Unknown
Date 1866
Medium enamel
Support porcelain
Dimensions 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches
Inscription James S. Gibbes 1866
Inscription Location verso
Credit line Bequest of Mrs. Alexina I. C. Holmes
Accession Number 1930.001.0001
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Sitter's dates 1819-1888
Description A descendant of an old Charleston family, Gibbes was a successful merchant and stockholder in the South Carolina Railroad Company and the Gaslight Company. Through his generous bequest to the Mayor of Charleston, the Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery was erected.

An extraordinarily detailed likeness, it portrays Gibbes as a personable individual, somewhat in contrast to contemporary portraits which tend to be severe. The beautifully embellished locket suggests that it may have been designed for Mrs. Gibbes to wear.

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Gibbes
Clothing & dress
Image 001\1930.01.01.JPG