Mrs. George Willig

Media - 1959.9.2 - SAAM-1959.9.2_1 - 1556
Copied Philippe Abraham Peticolas, Mrs. George Willig, 1804, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1959.9.2
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Artwork Details

Title
Mrs. George Willig
Date
1804
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 1 342 18 in. (4.35.5 cm) oval
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female — Willig, George, Mrs. — bust
Object Number
1959.9.2

Artwork Description

George Willig (1764-1851) was a German expatriate who, arriving in Philadelphia in 1794, took over the first music publishing company in America. He published sheet music through the 1840s, and his son, George Jr., ran a Baltimore branch of the firm from 1829 to 1879. Given Peticolas’s serious interest in music, it seems appropriate that he would paint the music publisher’s wife.