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Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette

Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette
Title
Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette
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 )
Description 
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of beige paper with black (now faded) textile backing.
Credit Line 
Gift of the children of Henry A. Stimson, through Miss Dorothy Stimson, 1942
Object Number 
Z.2440
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
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.
Provenance 
Peale's Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group