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Catalog Number PA.099
Title Dr. William Johnson Walker
Artist Pratt, Henry Cheeves, 1803-1880
Date 1866 or 1867
Description William Johnson Walker, M.D. (1790-1865) was a Graduate of Harvard College, A.M., 1810; M.D., 1813. He spent the latter years of his life in Newport as a consequence of his involvement with extending a Massachusetts railroad line to a terminus in Newport (the Old Colony and Fall River Railroad).

Portrait. Adult Male Subject. Half length view. He is turned 3/4ths to his left, while he gazes at the viewer. He has white hair and blueish eyes. He is wearing a white caravat, gold waistcoat, and a black overcoat. A table next to Walker is covered with a red cloth has three books and multiple papers on it in the right foreground. A red curtain partially covers the window that looks onto the Redwood Library.
Object Name Painting
Medium Oil Paint
Material Canvas
Dimensions H-111.8 W-91.4 cm
Credit line Purchase
Provenance 1867, March 11 - Purchase of Redwood Library Commission
Inscription Location Incorporated into frame
Inscriptions and Marks William J. Walker, M.D./ Born in Medford, Mass., March 15, 1790./Died in Newport, R.I., April 2, 1865./Identified with this Institution by a Munificent/bequest of Ten Thousand Dollars.
Collection Painting
People Redwood Library Commission
Pratt, Henry Cheeves, 1803-1880
Walker, William Johnson, 1790-1865
Notes Formerly #77. The work was commissioned for $200 as "a mark of respect to a distinguished benefactor of this Institution, and to retain his likeness permanently present here." (Annual Report 1866-67 15) The work is a duplicate (except for the small building in the background depicting the specific institution) of two other paintings; one commissioned for MIT and another for Tufts University, both recipients of generous gifts from Dr. Walker.
Related Publications Annual Report 1867-68; Annals (253-262, 256-7)