John Wood Dodge
Ink, watercolor, and gouache, heightened with gum Arabic on paperboard
John Wood Dodge rose to prominence as a painter of miniature portraits in his native New York City in the 1830s. His watercolors on ivory are typically less than three inches in diameter, and this image of George Washington, though larger, likewise demonstrates Dodge’s ability to finely portray facial features and textured fabrics on a small surface. An inscription on the verso indicates that Dodge finished this likeness on March 31, 1864, and based it on a well-known bust (modeled in 1785) of the first president and symbolic father of the nation by French neo-classical sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon.
The John Driscoll American Drawings Collection
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