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Mrs. Ebenezer Williams

ca. 1825 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.2 x 5.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1962.7.2 Not currently on view

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Ebenezer Williams was born in New London, Connecticut, in 1769, and married Martha Porter in 1794. A piece of paper enclosed in the back of Mr. Williams’s miniature reads: “This locket of hair was taken from my father’s head, January 17, 1825.” With their stern expressions and sober clothing, Mr. and Mrs. Williams embody nineteenth-century propriety. Mr. Williams appears less stern than he might, however, with the glasses perched on top of his head.


Portrait female - Williams, Ebenezer, Mrs. - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor