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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: Miniatures: Andre Joseph Villard
Andre Joseph Villard

Andre Joseph Villard
David Boudon
silverpoint and watercolor on paper
sight 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (7.3 x 5.7 cm) oval
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frederick W. Cron

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Silverpoint was an unusual medium for a miniaturist, yet more than half of David Boudon’s work incorporates this exacting drawing technique. To draw with silverpoint, the artist took a wooden stick fitted with a silver tip and drew on his prepared paper. The pale, silvery lines quickly tarnished, leaving a darker, warm brown color. Andre Joseph Villard appears to have been a wealthy Virginia planter. In 1794 his daughter Constance married fellow Virginian William Hutt, who moved the family to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1799.

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