William Boswell Lamb

  • Unidentified, William Boswell Lamb, ca. 1795, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1980.126.4

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This miniature was probably painted to commemorate the 1794 marriage of William Boswell Lamb and Margaret Stuart Kerr. Mr. Lamb was an important political figure in Norfolk, Virginia, where he began his service as mayor in 1810. The couple’s son, William Wilson Lamb, was also involved in politics and was known for hiding the city’s silver mace beneath a fireplace hearth to protect it during the Civil War. The artist painted a vivid blue background to highlight the detailed costume of the elder Lamb.

Title
William Boswell Lamb
Artists
Date
ca. 1795
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (4.1 x 3.0 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Lamb, William Roswell – bust
Object Number
1980.126.4
Palette
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