John Scudder (1776-1821)
Oil on reverse of glass
Overall: 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. ( 16.5 x 14 cm )
Profile in gold and black on white glass.
The subject was born in Braintree, Mass., where he was apprenticed in the tobacco trade. He was working as foreman of a tobacco concern in Brooklyn in 1802 when Edward Savage, who had heard of Scudder's skill as an amateur taxidermist and naturalist, hired him as curator of his Columbian Gallery of Painting and City Museum. By 1810 Scudder had bought a major part of Savage's collection and opened his own museum, the New American Museum, which survived until his death.
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
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