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.
John Jauncey Ketchum
- ca. 1795
- Not on view
- 3 3⁄8 x 2 3⁄8 in. (8.6 x 6.0 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Albert A. Best, Edison, N.J.
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- watercolor on ivory
- Portrait male – Ketchum, John Jauncey
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