Major General John Watts De Peyster

  • George Edwin Bissell, Major General John Watts De Peyster, modeled ca. 1897, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Watts De Peyster, XX79

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General John Watts De Peyster, who had inherited large tracts of land in New York City, was George Bissell’s most important early patron. De Peyster’s military interests led him to join the New York Militia and he rose to the rank of major general in the National Guard. During this time, the slender, scholarly soldier wrote several books, including a biography of Napoleon. One of De Peyster’s most lasting contributions was his help in organizing the New York City police and fire departments.

Title
Major General John Watts De Peyster
Artist
Date
modeled ca. 1897
On View
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 7 1/8 x 6 in. (30.2 x 18.1 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Watts De Peyster

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – writer – author
  • Portrait male – De Peyster, John Watts – bust
  • Occupation – military – major general
Object Number
XX79
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