Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper with faded black textile underlay, identical sitter as Z.2440
image height: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm ) sheet: 5 1/8 x 4 1/4 in. ( 13 x 10.8 cm )
inscription in pencil: on front: "Hoffman" embossed: below bust: "PEALE'S MUSEUM"
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Hoffman"; embossed at lower center: "PEALES MUSEUM", below a spread eagle
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of beige paper with black textile backing.
The subject has been identified as Ogden Hoffman (1793-1856), a prominent district attorney in New York in the first half of the nineteenth century. The silhouette, however, is similar to others bearing the "PEALE'S MUSEUM" stamp that were produced around the turn of the century. If the subject is indeed Ogden Hoffman then it must have been made somewhat later.
Gift of the children of Henry A. Stimson, through Miss Dorothy Stimson, 1942
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.