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John Cleves Short

19th century Benjamin Trott Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1843 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 9/16 x 2 1/8 in. (6.6 x 5.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.48 Not currently on view


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John Cleves Short, who built a career as a lawyer and judge in Ohio, was married in 1814 to Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, daughter of the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison. In this miniature, Short’s hair is brushed forward in a fashion of the time that was brought to America from England. The reverse of this piece contains a ring of hair.

Keywords

Portrait male - Short, John Cleves - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Benjamin Trott

Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1843

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