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Matthew Maury

ca. 1840 Peregrine F. Cooper watercolor on ivory sight 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (7.3 x 6.0 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore 1950.4.26 Not currently on view


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Long thought to be a portrait of oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), this miniature appears to be an image of his cousin, also named Matthew Maury. According to correspondence from the family, this Matthew Maury (1800-1875) was the son of James Maury, affectionately known as “The Old Consul” for his role as the first American consul to Liverpool, England. James Maury was a friend of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington, all of whom attended a school set up by James Maury’s father to educate his thirteen children and the children of other prominent families.

Keywords

Occupation - military - Navy

Portrait male - Maury, Matthew Fontaine - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory