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Jonathan Jones Wheeler

Jonathan Jones Wheeler (1792-1846) was born in Philadelphia, the son of Samuel Wheeler and Elizabeth Jones. His miniature portrait shows a young man brimming with confidence. The frame, which has an inner band resembling a traditional locket, allows the painting to be hung on a wall rather than worn on the body, evidence of the changing role of miniatures in American society during the early nineteenth century.

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1812
Watercolor on ivory
5.8 x 4.5cm
1981.35
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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