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Harvey B. Dodworth (1822-1891)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1857
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 50 x 39 3/4 in. ( 127 x 101 cm )
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 1950.78
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Marks: label: on back: "Portrait of / H. B. Dodworth / by Chas. W. Jenkins / Appletons, 346 B[roadw]ay"

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Dodworth was famous for his 75-piece band and for the concerts he originated in Central Park. This portrait shows him in his band uniform, holding his favorite instrument and standing beside a music stand upon which is a musical score entitled "Cornet Solo, [by] H. B. Dodworth." The painting, which was purchased from the Chicago Historical Society, was exhibited by Jenkins at the National Academy of Design in 1857, presumably the year in which it was painted. The A-flat cornet that Dodworth is holding in the portrait is currently held by the Henry Ford Museum.


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