Samuel Blachley Webb (1753-1807)

Samuel Blachley Webb (1753-1807)
Samuel Blachley Webb (1753-1807)
Title
Samuel Blachley Webb (1753-1807)
Date 
1779, 1790
Medium 
Watercolor on ivory, gold
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.8 x 3.2 cm )
Description 
Miniature mounted on gold bracelet with hinge; hanging loop (later).
Credit Line 
Gift of Colonel G. Creighton Webb
Object Number 
1939.503
Gallery Label 
Webb was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, a descendant of Richard Webb of Gloucestershire, England, who settled in Boston in 1632 and moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1635. He fought in the Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of brigadier general. He was one of the original thirteen officers who met at the Verplanck House in Fishkill, New York, in 1783 to form the Society of the Cincinnati, and when Washington was inaugurated president, Samuel Webb was the grand marshal of the proceedings. Peale painted the miniature in 1779 and pronounced it "one of his best likenesses." Webb presented the miniature to his fiancée, Catherine Hogeboom, in 1790, at which time the badge of the Order of the Cincinnati and the star on his shoulder strap was added.
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Creative: Tronvig Group