Born about 1778 near Clarkstown, N.Y. In New York, about 1793–1813. Apprenticed to a silversmith, 1793. Became a miniature painter, 1801. Studied with Edward G. Malbone. Formed a partnership with John Wesley Jarvis, 1802–10. In Philadelphia, 1813–16. Lived in Washington, D.C., 1816–30. Did drawings of models for the Patent Office. Ran an art school. Painted portraits of many distinguished people. Died June 15, 1830, in Washington, D.C.
Andrew J. Cosentino and Henry H. Glassie The Capital Image: Painters in Washington, 1800–1915 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1983)
Joseph Wood knew he did not want to become a farmer like his father, and left home at the age of fifteen to pursue a career as an artist in