cast 1890 George Edwin Bissell Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920 bronze 18 in. (45.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Watts De Peyster XX80 Not currently on view
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Born in 1749, John Watts was a merchant, politician, and philanthropist from New York, where he was elected Speaker of the Assembly and represented his state in the Third Congress of the United States. In this portrait, George Edwin Bissell emphasized Watts's political legacy by modeling the figure with his right arm outstretched, as if he were speaking. His left hand holds a scroll, representing Watts’s status as a senior statesman.
Object - written matter - scroll
Occupation - other - philanthropist
Occupation - political - statesman
Portrait male - Watts, John - full length
metal - bronze