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John Paul Jones (1747-1792)
Date: After 1781
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Medium: Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7 x 5.4 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II This credit line was changed from "GIft of the Hon. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II" on April 30th to reflect the credit line listed in the accession record. Marybeth De Filippis March 30, 2007
Object Number: 1971.116
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This miniature is a copy of Charles Willson Peale's bust-length oil portrait of Jones (now in the Independence Hall Collection, Philadelphia). Peale executed his likeness in Philadelphia, probably between February and August 1781, after Jones' triumphant return from France as an American naval hero. It has been suggested that miniature copies of Peale's original may have been made in the early 19th century by James Peale or Anna Claypoole Peale.