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John Tower

1806 James Peale Born: Chestertown, Maryland 1749 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1831 watercolor on ivory sight 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.35 Not currently on view

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The only clues to this man’s identity are the interlocking initials “JT” on the back of the locket, and the miniature’s descent in a branch of John Tower’s family. It is presumed that this man was John Tower, who was married to Elizabeth Cruger, granddaughter of John Cruger, who was mayor of New York from 1739 to 1744.


Portrait male - Tower, John - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor