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Colonel John Cox

1778 Charles Willson Peale Born: Maryland 1741 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1827 watercolor on ivory sight 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (3.7 x 3.0 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.32 Not currently on view


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According to George Washington’s diary, Colonel John Cox sat for the finishing touches on this miniature at Valley Forge on April 23, 1778. At the time, Peale was a captain in the same company. Cox took the oath of allegiance at Valley Forge earlier that year, and served as the company’s assistant quartermaster general. A Philadelphia merchant, Cox owned Batsto Furnace in New Jersey, which produced munitions for the Continental army. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Keywords

Occupation - military - colonel

Portrait male - Cox, John - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Charles Willson Peale

Born: Maryland 1741 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1827

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