Silhouette of Commander William Inman
American, 1838. A silhouette of Commander William Inman (1797-1874), embossed stamp WILLIAMS under bust-line termination, Comm'dr. Wm Inman, U.S.A. / 1838 written in pen; 4.25 x 3 in. (sight).
Commander Inman was born in Utica, New York. He had a long and illustrious career with the United States Navy. Inman entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1812 and soon moved up the ranks. The date of 1838 in the inscription on this silhouette refers to Inman's promotion to Commander in May of that year. He commanded the East India squadron in 1851 and from 1859 to 1861 he was commander of a squadron off the coast of Africa. Inman retired in 1867 and died in Philadelphia in 1874.