Captain Thomas Broom

Artist: Metcalf, Eliab
Date: 1816

Broom, a captain in the U.S. Navy, served aboard the Chesapeake. The likeness is a striking portrayal of a handsome young man. The somewhat elongated viewpoint adds dignity to the sitter, while the light pink background is unusual for a naval officer.


This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984

  • Artist's Dates: 1785 -1834
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 2 5/8 X 2 1/4 Inches
  • Signature: Metcalf, 1816
  • Signature Location: at left
  • Credit: Gift of Mrs. R. Frank Freeman and Mrs. Llewellyn Perry in memory of Mrs. F. M. LaBruce
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1982.010
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