Robert Field, William Thornton, ca. 1800, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1960.6.1
William Thornton (1759-1828) was the first architect of the U.S. Capitol, and an inventor and public official as well. He was born in Tortola, British West Indies, and died in Washington. In addition to designing the Capitol, Thornton also designed the Octagon and Tudor Place in Georgetown, Washington. Robert Field and Thornton were friends, and the architect stayed with the artist on his trip to Washington the year this miniature was painted.
- ca. 1800
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- Not on view.
sight 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (7.3 x 6.0 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
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- watercolor on ivory
- Portrait male – Thornton, William – bust
- Occupation – art – architect
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