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Major General John Watts De Peyster

Major General John Watts De Peyster
Artist
George Edwin Bissell, born New Preston, CT 1839-died Mount Vernon, NY 1920
Sitter
John Watts De Peyster
Date
modeled ca. 1897
Type
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 7 1/8 x 6 in. (30.2 x 18.1 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Watts De Peyster
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
XX79
Luce Center Label
General John Watts De Peyster, who had inherited large tracts of land in New York City, was George Bissell’s most important early patron. De Peyster’s military interests led him to join the New York Militia and he rose to the rank of major general in the National Guard. During this time, the slender, scholarly soldier wrote several books, including a biography of Napoleon. One of De Peyster’s most lasting contributions was his help in organizing the New York City police and fire departments. Bissell honored his seventy-six-year-old patron as a dignified and stoic man whose wrinkled forehead and tired eyes suggest the wisdom of his age.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor