Joseph Fox

  • Unidentified, Joseph Fox, 1790s, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.68

Luce Center Label

Joseph Fox was a prominent citizen of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he served as town clerk, taxman, and highway surveyor. In 1769 he married Mary Tuttle, and together they had six children. In his later years he acted as town treasurer, made unsuccessful bids for the state senate, and became a justice of the peace. The portrait shows a middle-aged man with the powdered hair that befitted a political figure of the early 1800s. The artist chose to show Fox with a thoughtful, alert expression, as if he had just been posed a difficult question.

Title
Joseph Fox
Artist
Date
1790s
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Fox, Joseph – bust
Object Number
1999.27.68
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

20th century
painted wood, metal, and plastic
1760-1800
enamel and gilded metal
ca. 1900
carved and painted wood, glass beads, and brass tacks
1500-1600
ceramic
19th century
wax bas relief

More Artworks from the Collection