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John Gadsby, Jr.

ca. 1829 Anson Dickinson Born: Milton, Connecticut 1779 Died: Litchfield, Connecticut 1852 watercolor on ivory sight 2 3/8 x 2 in. (6.0 x 5.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore 1950.4.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 7


Luce Center Label

John Gadsby Jr. was the son of the famous tavern keeper, John Gadsby, owner of Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia. The tavern hosted Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural dinner and “birthright” balls to honor George Washington’s birthday. This work was painted in Washington, D.C., where Dickinson was based at the time. The painting was originally a stickpin, mounted on a long pin that was pushed through the fabric of the wearer’s cravat.

Keywords

Portrait male - Gadsby, John, Jr. - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Anson Dickinson

Born: Milton, Connecticut 1779 Died: Litchfield, Connecticut 1852

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