Jonathan Jones Wheeler
1812 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.8 x 4.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1981.35 Not currently on view
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Jonathan Jones Wheeler (1792-1846) was born in Philadelphia, the son of Samuel Wheeler and Elizabeth Jones. His miniature portrait shows a young man brimming with confidence. The frame, which has an inner band resembling a traditional locket, allows the painting to be hung on a wall rather than worn on the body, evidence of the changing role of miniatures in American society during the early nineteenth century.
Portrait male - Wheeler, Jonathan J. - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor