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Col. Josiah Parker

ca. 1789 John Ramage Born: Dublin, Ireland Died: Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1802 watercolor on ivory 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. (4.2 x 3.2 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1957.3.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 1


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Josiah Parker was a Revolutionary soldier and politician. He served in Virginia under George Washington, becoming a major in 1776 and a colonel the following year. He saw action at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Brandywine. His short temper got the better of him, however, and he resigned from the army in 1778. Thereafter he served as a naval officer for Norfolk, Virginia, and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. As a member of the First Congress, he voted to place the U.S. Capitol on the Potomac. Although he appears in his uniform, it is likely this miniature was painted when Parker took his seat in Congress.

Keywords

Dress - uniform - military uniform

Occupation - military

Portrait male - Parker, Josiah, Col. - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About John Ramage

Born: Dublin, Ireland Died: Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1802