Portrait of John Thomas Newton (1793-1857)
Pastel and graphite on graphite on paper
Overall: 12 x 10 in. ( 30.5 x 25.4 cm )
Newton was stationed on the "Hornet" during the War of 1812 and later commanded the steamers "Fulton" and "Missouri." From 1848 to 1852 he was in charge of the naval yard at Pensacola, Florida, and afterward served three years as commodore of the home squadron. In 1856-57 he was in command of the naval yard at Portsmouth, N.H. In this portrait, which may have been drawn posthumously from a photograph, he appears in his naval uniform with three stars on the shoulder boards.
Gift of Alexander Crawford Chenoweth
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