Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette

Object Number: 
c. 1800
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, laid on beige paper
frame: 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 5/8 in. ( 18.4 x 16.5 x 1.6 cm ) image height: 3 1/4 in. ( 8.3 cm )
embossed: below bust: "PEALE'S MUSEUM" inscribed in pencil: below bust: "Marinus Will. . ." printed label: affixed to back: "MRS. H. L. LONSDALE / 43-a Maple Avenue / Greenwich, Connecticut" handwritten label: affixed to back: "COL. / Marinus WILLETT /
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Marinius Williard"; embossed at lower center: "PEALE'S MUSEUM", below a spread eagle
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; hollow-cut by machine from beige paper with black textile backing, in oval window of gilded mat inside rectangular wood frame.
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.
Peale's Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group