Musée No:819.007Regular price £25.00
Francis Scott Key
Artist: Joseph Wood
Joseph Wood, (1778 -1832), knew he did not want to become a farmer like his father, and left home at the age of fifteen to pursue a career as an artist in New York. Walking along the streets of the city, Wood was drawn to the miniature paintings he saw in the window of a silversmith’s shop and asked to become an apprentice. Wood’s first works were copies from portraits he found in the shop, and his career was shaped by his instruction from Edward Greene Malbone, and his partnership with John Wesley Jarvis. After parting ways with Jarvis, Wood moved to Philadelphia, where he created his best works. By 1816, however, his career had begun to decline—perhaps as a result of a drinking habit he picked up from his partner—and by 1829 he was forced to advertise himself as a “draftsman for patent applications.”
The sitter, Francis Scott Key (1779-1830) is most famous for writing a poem which, set to music, became the national anthem of the United States. Key was a lawyer by profession. He was born in Maryland and died in Baltimore. Wood is known to have painted this picture of Key in 1816 for John Randolph of Roanoke.