John Jauncey Ketchum

  • Walter Robertson, John Jauncey Ketchum, ca. 1795, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Albert A. Best, Edison, N.J., 1986.64.1

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John Jauncey Ketchum (1770-1841) was born on Bermuda, the sixth generation of his family to inhabit that island. In 1795 he married a distant relative, Susannah Jauncey (1772-1861), in New York, which may have been the occasion for which this miniature was painted. The back of this locket is adorned with the initials “JK” in gold filigree, and interwoven locks of hair, possibly those of the newlyweds. The couple returned to Bermuda, raising eight children, and after Ketchum’s death Susannah returned to New York.

Title
John Jauncey Ketchum
Artist
Date
ca. 1795
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 3/8 x 2 3/8 in. (8.6 x 6.0 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Albert A. Best, Edison, N.J.

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Ketchum, John Jauncey
Object Number
1986.64.1
Palette
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