John Jauncey Ketchum
ca. 1795 Walter Robertson Born: Dublin, Ireland Died: Fatehpur, India watercolor on ivory 3 3/8 x 2 3/8 in. (8.6 x 6.0 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Albert A. Best, Edison, N.J. 1986.64.1 Not currently on view
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John Jauncey Ketchum (1770-1841) was born on Bermuda, the sixth generation of his family to inhabit that island. In 1795 he married a distant relative, Susannah Jauncey (1772-1861), in New York, which may have been the occasion for which this miniature was painted. The back of this locket is adorned with the initials “JK” in gold filigree, and interwoven locks of hair, possibly those of the newlyweds. The couple returned to Bermuda, raising eight children, and after Ketchum’s death Susannah returned to New York.
Portrait male - Ketchum, John Jauncey
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor