John Watts

  • George Edwin Bissell, John Watts, cast 1890, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Watts De Peyster, XX80

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Born in 1749, John Watts was a merchant, politician, and philanthropist from New York, where he was elected Speaker of the Assembly and represented his state in the Third Congress of the United States. In this portrait, George Edwin Bissell emphasized Watts's political legacy by modeling the figure with his right arm outstretched, as if he were speaking. His left hand holds a scroll, representing Watts’s status as a senior statesman.

Title
John Watts
Artist
Date
cast 1890
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
18 in. (45.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Watts De Peyster

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – political – statesman
  • Occupation – other – philanthropist
  • Object – written matter – scroll
  • Portrait male – Watts, John – full length
Object Number
XX80
Palette
Linked Open Data
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