Anton Raphael Mengs (German, 1728–1779). Self-Portrait, 1776. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2010 (2010.445) | Whereas Mengs's portraits of prominent sitters are notable for their delicacy, meticulous detail, and refined beauty, his self-portraits are essays in truthfulness.
Benjamin West, Self-portrait, 1819. Smithsonian American Art Museum. West holds a porte-crayon containing white chalk and black chalk or graphite. In the lower right-hand corner, a knife for sharpening and additional pieces of black chalk or graphite.