General John Maunsell (1724/25?-1795)

General John Maunsell (1724/25?-1795)
Title
General John Maunsell (1724/25?-1795)
Date 
Late 18th century
Medium 
Tempera on ivory, in gold setting with velvet wristband
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 3/8 x 3 x 5/8 in. ( 6 x 7.6 x 1.6 cm ) Part (miniature): 1 9/16 x 1 5/16 in. (4 x 3.3 cm)
Description 
Oval miniature depicting bust of male subject in costume of British military officer against solid pale gray background; miniature set in gold frame decorated with four loops and beading; black velvet wristband attached to frame.
Credit Line 
Gift of Susan Gillotti in memory of Helen Elizabeth Crosby
Object Number 
2000.108
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, a descendant of the subject, Maunsell, a British officer born in Limerick, Ireland, married an American, Mrs. Wraxall (née Elizabeth Stillwell), in 1763, and the couple resided in Greenwich Village in a house belonging to Oliver De Lancey. The Maunsells returned to Ireland before the Revolution, but in 1784 they moved back to New York. Maunsell had property in Harlem, in the vicinity of 157th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Mrs. Maunsell lived there until 1815.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group