Portrait of a Young Man Sporting a “Brutus” Hairstyle

Attributed to Zedekiah Belknap (1781-1858), Jaffrey, New Hampshire

c. 1820

Oil on panel

31” x 26 ½”

Provenance: Richard Avery Smith; Midwest Collection


The so-called “Brutus” hairstyle was made famous by Beau Brummel and featured carefully crafted, loose tendrils on the forehead below hair that had been brushed forward to create volume on the top of the head.