Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2440
Date: 
c. 1800
Medium: 
Hollow-cut beige paper with faded black textile underlay
Dimensions: 
image height: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm ) sheet: 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. ( 11.4 x 9.8 cm )
Marks: 
inscription in pencil: on front: "Marinus Willett" embossed: below bust: "PEALE'S MUSEUM"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Marinus Willett"; embossed at lower center: "PEALES MUSEUM", below a spread eagle
Description: 
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of beige paper with black (now faded) textile backing.
Gallery Label: 
Willett distinguished himself as a soldier in the Revolution, and afterward served in the New York State Assembly and as Sheriff of New York City. He succeeded DeWitt Clinton as mayor in 1807.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the children of Henry A. Stimson, through Miss Dorothy Stimson, 1942
Provenance: 
Peale's Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group