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Joel Roberts Poinsett

Artist:
Edward Greene Malbone (1777–1807)
Date:
1801
Medium:
Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
2 13/16 x 2 3/16 in. (7.1 x 5.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.165.30
Not on view
Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851) was a statesman—the first United States minister to Mexico—author, and botanist. He introduced to this country the Mexican flower later named for him: Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly known as poinsettia. Malbone also portrayed Poinsett's sister, Susan, and Hugh Bridport (q.v.) portrayed Poinsett in later life.
the sitter, Charleston, South Carolina; descended in his family to Frances Mary Ann Lovell Izlar, Charleston, South Carolina; her son, Sydney O. Izlar, Charleston, South Carolina, 1894–ca. 1902; R. T. H. Halsey, New York, until 1938
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