Mrs. George Willig
1804 Philippe Abraham Peticolas Born: Meziers, France 1760 Died: Petersburg, Virginia 1841 watercolor on ivory sight 1 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. (4.3 x 5.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1959.9.2 Not currently on view
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George Willig (1764-1851) was a German expatriate who, arriving in Philadelphia in 1794, took over the first music publishing company in America. He published sheet music through the 1840s, and his son, George Jr., ran a Baltimore branch of the firm from 1829 to 1879. Given Peticolas’s serious interest in music, it seems appropriate that he would paint the music publisher’s wife.
Portrait female - Willig, George, Mrs. - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor