John Watts, Chancellor

  • George Edwin Bissell, John Watts, Chancellor, cast 1891, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Watts De Peyster, XX92

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This portrait is a smaller version of a larger public sculpture that George Edwin Bissell created for the Trinity Church yard in New York. John Watts was a merchant and a politician noted for his philanthropy, including the establishment of a free clinic and orphanage. The sculptor, however, depicted the sitter in full judicial robes, emphasizing his legislative career rather than his social achievements.
Title
John Watts, Chancellor
Artist
Date
cast 1891
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
17 1/2 x 4 x 4 in. (44.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Watts De Peyster

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Watts, John – full length
  • Object – written matter – scroll
  • Occupation – other – philanthropist
  • Occupation – political – statesman
  • Dress – ceremonial
Object Number
XX92
Palette
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