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Profile of George Washington Janvier

Princeton, New Jersey

c. 1809

Francis de Haes Janvier (1774-1824)

3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in Graphite and watercolor on paper board

Gift of Francis Hort Sharp


Janvier: “George Washington Janvier” is in ink across the top of the back [in Margaret Janvier Hort’s handwriting]; “uncle George W Jan[vier] / 1809 / G. Janvier / May 25, 1809” is in pencil in a hand that looks contemporary across the middle of the back.

The Janvier drawing has been trimmed from its original size, which has cut away some of the inscription on the back.

Ex coll. Miss Margaret Janvier Hort

The profile portrait of George Washington Janvier shows a stylish young man at about 25 years old.  At that stage in his life, he was studying for the ministry in the Presbyterian Church.  Within two years, he was asked to serve as pastor  of the Pittsgrove Presbyterian Church in New Jersey, and he married in 1813.

Francis Janvier also left Odessa.  He married in 1805 and lived in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and her family.  Francis created the marimba, acc. no. 1981.20, which demonstrated his musical interests on the one hand and his painting abilities on the other.

Dorman, “Distinctly Delaware," 33.

Zimmerman, A Storied Past, 252-253.