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Jeremiah Dodge (1781–1860)

Object Name: Bust
Date: ca. 1835
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Medium: Painted wood
Dimensions: Overall: 27 1/2 × 18 1/8 × 12 1/4 in. (69.9 × 46 × 31.1 cm)
Description: Portrait bust
Credit Line: Bequest of Miss Fanny E. Marquand
Object Number: 1952.349
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Jeremiah Dodge was a ship carver active in New York City in the first half of the 19th century. He is known to have carved numerous ships' figureheads--the most famous was the figure of Andrew Jackson for the U.S.S. "Constitution." This bust of the carver, executed by his son Charles, represents one of the rare ventures of the early American woodcarving craft into the realm of fine art portraiture, a venture much in the same vein as that achieved by William Rush (1756-1833).

Exhibitions:

"In Focus: Portrait and Small Paintings from the Society's Collections," New-York Historical Society, January 9, 2001–March 24, 2002.

Robert Lehman Sculpture Gallery, New-York Historical Society, November 2002–2014.