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John Watts, Chancellor

cast 1891 George Edwin Bissell Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920 bronze 17 1/2 x 4 x 4 in. (44.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Watts De Peyster XX92 Not currently on view


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This portrait is a smaller version of a larger public sculpture that George Edwin Bissell created for the Trinity Church yard in New York. John Watts was a merchant and a politician noted for his philanthropy, including the establishment of a free clinic and orphanage. The sculptor, however, depicted the sitter in full judicial robes, emphasizing his legislative career rather than his social achievements.

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Dress - ceremonial

Object - written matter - scroll

Occupation - other - philanthropist

Occupation - political - statesman

Portrait male - Watts, John - full length

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About George Edwin Bissell

Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920

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