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Painting: Miniatures: Andrew Talcott
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Andrew Talcott
1822
Carl Weinedel
watercolor on ivory
sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) oval
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jean H. Case, Nancy Lou Gasque, Charles Hollerith, Jr., The Reverend Herman Hollerith IV, The Reverend Randolph M. Hollerith, Richard Hollerith, Jr., Lucia Lefferts, and Sarah Nietsch
1997.21
 

Andrew Talcott is shown at the age of twenty-five, not long after he graduated second in his class from West Point. He was known for devising procedures and instruments for surveying. Talcott became a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers and developed many early railroad routes before leaving the Corps in 1836 to work as a civil engineer.

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