Self-Portrait (1764-1813)

Object Number: 
1955.98
Date: 
c. 1790-95
Medium: 
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (13.7 x 11.7 cm)
Marks: 
Signed and inscribed below bust in brown ink: "S. Folwell Pinx.t"
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed below bust in brown ink: "S. Folwell Pinx.t"
Description: 
Self-portrait
Gallery Label: 
Samuel Folwell was apparently an engraver of bookplates in New Hampshire around 1792. Six years later he appeared in Philadelphia and commenced painting miniatures; however, he was also listed in the city directory as a "fancy hair worker" at that time. In 1795 he exhibited two of his portraits at the "Columbianum, or American Academy of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, etc," organized by Charles Willson Peale. He is perhaps best known for a silhouette of George Washington cut from life.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Necarsulmer Fund
Provenance: 
Norvin H. Green Collection, New York City; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 1955
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group