# Why won't [t] option align minipage text at top?

When I compile the following, the text in the second minipage of the figure is typeset with center vertical alignment despite the fact that I've specified the t option for minipage. Is there something simple I'm doing wrong here?

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage[rm, small, sc]{titlesec}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{subcaption}
\usepackage[margin=1cm, font=small]{caption}
\usepackage[rightcaption]{sidecap}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[h]
\begin{minipage}[]{.63\textwidth}
\includegraphics[scale = 1]{gas_half_container}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.35\textwidth}
\small{Initially the gas is one one side of the container and is in equilibrium.}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


The first minipage doesn't have a [t] placement option and (that's the main reason) the base line, for a graphic file, is the bottom of the graphic. A simple \raisebox will solve the problem. I don't have your graphic file so I replaced it with one of mine:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage[rm, small, sc]{titlesec}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{subcaption}
\usepackage[margin=1cm, font=small]{caption}
\usepackage[rightcaption]{sidecap}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[h]
\begin{minipage}[t]{.63\textwidth}
\centering \raisebox{\dimexpr-\height+1.5ex\relax}{\includegraphics[scale=1]{dejeuner1}}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.35\textwidth}
\small{Initially the gas is one one side of the container and is in equilibrium.}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


• It's from the surrealist painter Meret Oppenheim. She made it at the age of 22, for the International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936. – Bernard Oct 5 '15 at 0:36
• Great picture. I made research in the field of haptics and know that picture. How do you know it? :) – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Apr 23 '17 at 20:13
• @Dr. Manuel Kuehner: It's the ‘Déjeuner en fourrure’, from the surrealist painter Méret Oppenheim. She can be seen on a number of Man Ray's photographies around 1928-1930 (‘Érotique-voilée’ series). I'm interested in Surrealism since I was a teenager. – Bernard Apr 23 '17 at 20:31