The portrait is a miniature of Gurdon S. Hubbard (1803-1886) of his head and shoulders, facing slightly left. He is wearing a black coat, white shirt and black tie.
This portrait captures Gurdon S. Hubbard prior to his permanent settlement in Chicago in 1834. Hubbard originally moved from Montreal with the initial intent to involve himself in the fur-trading industry. As the trade died, he permanently settled in Chicago to pursue other ventures. At the time of this portrait he had ventured beyond fur trading and was pursuing other business interests, eventually becoming a merchant, a civic leader, the first meat packer, the first vessel owner, the first lumber dealer, and the first underwriter in Chicago. The piece illustrates Hubbard's prominence as a gentleman, as such luxury items like miniature portraits were usually reserved for citizens of wealth and/or status.