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Details about  18thC PAINTING JOSEPH HOWELL JR PAYMASTER GENERAL FOR ARMY BY CHARLES PEALE POLK

18thC PAINTING JOSEPH HOWELL JR PAYMASTER GENERAL FOR ARMY BY CHARLES PEALE POLK

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Has had some minor restoration.We black lighted the painting. There are several touches on face

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Seller Notes: Has had some minor restoration.We black lighted the painting. There are several touches on face right chick, chin, eyebrows. and some touches around. No one is particularly large. In other words the retouches areas are not significant to the painting age.
Original/Reproduction:

Original

Size Type/Largest Dimension:

APPROX 23" X 19"

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Dealer or Reseller

Date of Creation:

Pre-1800

Signed?:

Unsigned

Region of Origin:

Elizabeth N.J. US

Medium:

Oil on Canvas #7933

REVOLUTIONARY WAR:

MAJOR IN 1783

Subject:

MILITARY PORTRAIT

WITH WASHINGTON:

WAS PAYMASTER GENERAL OF THE ARMY

Style:

Realism

The sitter of this Painting is Major Joseph Howell Jr. who was with Washington and who after the Federal Constitution was drawn up was elevated to the rank of Paymaster General of the Army by Washington. The artist was not Robert Pine which was the info I first received but was in fact Charles Peale Polk who was known for his Revolutionary War Military portraits  and his many portrait paintings of the same sitter which allowed him the chance to sell his painted works many times over. I mention this for 2 reasons. The first being  that a work of Howell Jr. by Polk is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the below link to view the Howell Jr Painting by Charles Peale Polk...........
and secondly that the artist Charles Peale Polk was known to have made repeated paintings of the same sitter. He painted George Washington over 50 times so it is obvious the painting of Joseph Howell Jr which is in the Met is just one of many portraits done by Polk of the same sitter Joseph Howell Jr. and this Painting bears that out.  This oil on Canvas measures approx. 23" by 19" which are the exact measurements of the Polk that is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and my painting is in  good condition, At some time in its life it was relined. Under black light I find some small touch ups. I have tried my best to photograph the in painting done under black light. Please see my last few pictures.. All retouches are quite small in size and bearing in mind that the Painting was relined QUITE some time ago, one would expect after 225 years that there would be some in painting, however as mentioned all the touchups are quite small in size and you can view the small patch on verso in plate 6.  Howells wearing of the Cincinnati Medal is due to the fact that he was the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati from 1791 to 1793 and now a little about the sitter Major Joseph Howell Jr

1. 
“...a gallant and distinguished soldier of the Revolution... Joseph Howell Jr. was possessed of the militant spirit, and amidst the clash of arms, found an environment to his liking...” [48]

2. Joseph Howell Jr. entered the American army soon after the commencement of the Revolution, recruited, at his own expense, a company of infantry, of which he was commissioned captain, March 15, 1776. His company was made a part of Colonel Samuel Atlee’s Battalions of General Anthony Wayne’s brigade. He participated in the Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776, in which he was wounded, taken prisoner, and incarcerated in the celebrated prison ship, Jersey, where so many brave soldiers met a lingering death. After his release, he having been exchanged, December 9, 1776, for Captain Livingston, of the British army, he was appointed paymaster of the 2nd Pennsylvania line, commanded by Colonel Walter Stewart, but his health having been so impaired by the hardships he had undergone as to prevent further active service in the field, he resigned this post, October 1, 1778, and accepted the position of auditor of accounts of the War Department, which position he held until the adoption of the Federal Constitution, when he was appointed Paymaster General of the Army, with the rank of Major, by President Washington. This office he held until his decease. He was secretary of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati, from 1791 to 1793. The Golden Eagle insignia of the order and blue ribbon of the Cincinnati, and also his portrait by Peal, are now in possession of his eldest surviving grandson, Henry Washington Howell, of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The death of Joseph Howell Jr. occured August 8, 1798. The Gazette of the following day said:
Died this morning, after a lingering illness, in the forty-eighth year of his age, Joseph Howell Esq., late acting Paymaster General of the United States, and a much respected veteran of the late Revolution. 


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