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Joseph Fox

1790s Unidentified watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.68 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 5


Luce Center Label

Joseph Fox was a prominent citizen of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he served as town clerk, taxman, and highway surveyor. In 1769 he married Mary Tuttle, and together they had six children. In his later years he acted as town treasurer, made unsuccessful bids for the state senate, and became a justice of the peace. The portrait shows a middle-aged man with the powdered hair that befitted a political figure of the early 1800s. The artist chose to show Fox with a thoughtful, alert expression, as if he had just been posed a difficult question.

Keywords

Portrait male - Fox, Joseph - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory