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Seth Beckley
about 1800
Painter:Painted by Unknown
Subject:Portrait of Seth Beckley , 1775 - 1802
Miniature; watercolor on ivory in metal frame under glass
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 2 1/8 x 1 11/16in. (5.4 x 4.3cm) Frame (height x width x depth): 2 7/8 x 2 x 1/8in. (7.3 x 5.1 x 0.4cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Rulef C. Schanck in memory of his wife, Leona Lucy Fisher Schanck
Gallery Copy: Sea Captain Seth Beckley was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut on 7 January 1775. His legend suggests that he was murdered by robbers, who by mistake, took the wrong chest and left the chest containing money. He died on 24 August 1802 at Cape Francois Island.
Description: Bust-length miniature portrait of a man facing slightly to the right with blue eyes, gray hair, and sideburns. The man is wearing a dark brown jacket, white waistcoat, and white cravat or stock. The miniature is in an oval metal frame with a loop for suspension. On the back of the frame there is a locket of braided hair. The glass that covers the hair has the initials S.B. printed on it.
Medium Note: Metal frame appears to be pinchbeck, which is an alloy of copper and zinc, used to imitate gold. Date Note: The worksheet in object file dates this miniature at about 1800, but the reason for this is undocumented. (Ozzone 3/4/2013)
Inscription: Monogram initials "S.B." in script, made of thin strips of metal, soldered to back of frame
Object Number: 1935.14.2
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