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Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2504
Date: 
c. 1800
Medium: 
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, laid on beige paper
Dimensions: 
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 )
Marks: 
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 /
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Marinius Williard"; embossed at lower center: "PEALE'S MUSEUM", below a spread eagle
Description: 
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.
Provenance: 
Peale's Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group