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Dr. William Beekman

ca. 1795 Alexander Robertson Born: Aberdeen, Scotland 1772 Died: New York, New York 1841 watercolor on ivory sight 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (7.3 x 5.9 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1942.11.8 Not currently on view


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There were numerous William Beekmans living in New York and New England during the late eighteenth century, but few who obtained medical degrees. The subject of this portrait may have been the Beekman who served as a doctor and is on record as having witnessed at least one patient’s will on Long Island during the 1750s.

Keywords

Occupation - medicine - doctor

Portrait male - Beekman, William - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Alexander Robertson

Born: Aberdeen, Scotland 1772 Died: New York, New York 1841

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