Portrait of John A. Willink
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Using the standard technique of the miniaturist, the talented artist of this portrait captured both the subject’s distinctive appearance and self-assured demeanor with short, stippled strokes of watercolor applied with fine paintbrushes. A tiny dot of white paint in the pupil of each eye adds a spark of animation. Identified only by name, this sitter might be John Abraham Willink (1780/81–1852), a prominent New York businessman of Dutch descent who had a home in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Watercolor on ivory portrait in metal frame under glass lens
early 19th century
Image (sight): 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
Frame: 5 1/2 x 4 5/8 in. (14 x 11.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Davenport
Unknown. Portrait of John A. Willink, early 19th century. Watercolor on ivory portrait in metal frame under glass lens, Image (sight): 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.8 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Davenport, 51.115 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.115_bw_SL1.jpg)
overall, 51.115_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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