Miniature portrait of Samuel Thwing (1796-1816)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1814-1816

GUSN

GUSN-103974

Description

Miniature watercolor on ivory, bust length portrait of a man facing slightly right and wearing a naval uniform, set in a molded oval ormolu frame with pendant loop at top and mounted in an album page.

Details

Descriptive Terms

miniatures (paintings)
watercolor (paint)
ivory (tooth component)
gilt bronze
Painting

Inscription

"Samuel Thwing. Brother of Supply Clap Thwing. Miniature by artist / unknown. He was born in Boston September 16, 1796. / A midshipman in 1814, and fought in the Battle of Lake / Champlain with so much gallantry that Congress presented / him with a sword. Some letters relating to his service, / and a button in a frame that was on his coat. He died / in 1818 of typhoid fever contracted in the war." (Paper label)

Additional Identification Number

3721

Related Items

Title Button from Samuel Livermore's uniform. Accession Number 1935.412

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Probably Boston, Massachusetts

Object Type

Art

Accession Number

1935.411