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Jonathan Dwight

Artist:
Attributed to Joseph Steward (1753–1822)
Date:
ca. 1790
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 26 1/4 in. (74.9 x 66.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Mercer Adam and Charlotte Adam Coate, 1961
Accession Number:
61.90
Not on view
Jonathan Dwight (1743–1831) was the great-grandson of the esteemed Connecticut clergyman Jonathan Edwards. Steward’s rather unusual portrait provides a clear view of Dwight’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, in the background and a striking marker of the sitter’s appearance: a large, hairy mole on his left cheek.
Marking: [stamped on canvas]: I POOLE / HIGH HOLBORN / LINNEN
the sitter's great-great grandson, Jonathan Dwight V; his wife, Mrs. Jonathan Dwight, New York, by 1934–1958; her half-sisters, Barbara Mercer Adam and Charlotte Adam Coate
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