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Dr. Elisha Poinsett

ca. 1801-1802 Edward Greene Malbone Born: Newport, Rhode Island 1777 Died: Savannah, Georgia 1807 watercolor on ivory sight 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7.1 x 5.7 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.26 Not currently on view


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Edward Greene Malbone painted miniatures of several members of the Poinsett family during his trip to Charleston in 1801-02. Two of those miniatures are in this collection: Dr. Elisha Poinsett (1723-1804), and his daughter, Susan. Dr. Poinsett was the father of Joel R. Poinsett, who was a member of the House of Representatives and secretary of war to President Van Buren.

Keywords

Occupation - medicine - doctor

Portrait male - Poinsett, Elisha - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Edward Greene Malbone

Born: Newport, Rhode Island 1777 Died: Savannah, Georgia 1807

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