French, worked in France and America, 1770 - 1852

Colonel John Mayo II

Date: 1808

Colonel John Mayo II was an illustrious figure in Virginia’s history. He lived in and around Richmond, where he served many times in the state legislature. He is best known for building Mayo’s Bridge across the James River. The French artist who completed this likeness came to America to flee the French Revolution. He made portraits with a “physionotrace,” a tool that allowed him to trace profiles easily. Once the outlines were complete, he added freehand details. An engraving was later made after this drawing; one surviving example is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

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Medium: Pencil, charcoal, and white chalk on pink prepared paper

Dimensions: H: 19 1/2 x W: 13 3/4 in.

Accession: 0047

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Works on Paper - Portraits

Tags: Pencil , Charcoal , White Chalk , Pink , Prepared Paper

Purchased Jan. 31, 1977 from Newhouse Galleries.