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Attributed to:
Sarah Goodridge, born Templeton, MA 1788-died Boston, MA 1853  Search this
Copy after:
Gilbert Stuart, born Saunderstown, Rhode Island Colony (now North Kingstown, RI) 1755-died Bosto  Search this
Sitter:
Theophilus Parsons  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
sight 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. (7.0 x 5.4 cm) rectangle
Type:
Painting-Miniature
Date:
ca. 1820
Luce Center Label:
A leading lawyer in New England, Theophilus Parsons (1750-1813) wrote the Essex Report, which outlined many of the principles for a republican form of government. He helped to draft the Massachusetts state constitution, and also worked to have the federal Constitution ratified. Parsons served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1806 to 1813. Considered somewhat eccentric, Parsons was often accompanied by his wife, who made sure her husband dressed well and looked presentable. His eccentricities did not compromise his judicial decisions, however, and his law clerks included John Quincy Adams, future sixth president of the United States, who practiced with Parsons after graduating from law school.
Topic:
Portrait male\bust  Search this
Occupation\law\chief justice  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore
Object number:
1950.4.39
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7bf090823-17ed-4e9e-b48d-62a759ca6243
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1950.4.39