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Seated Man Writing, from the Economical School Series
Black chalk, charcoal, and gray wash on light blue paper
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canvas: 37 7/8 x 27 5/8 in. ( 96.2 x 70.2 cm )
frame: 47 1/2 x 39 x 5 1/4 in. ( 120.6 x 99.1 x 13.3 cm )
The subject was known as Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, a title that distinguished him from the other Roberts in the family. The Chancellor was the great-grandson of Robert Livingston, first lord of Livingston Manor. After being admitted to the bar in 1773 he was elected to the Second Continental Congress, and served on the committee of five that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He was Chancellor of the Supreme Court of the State of New York from 1777 to 1801, and administered the oath of office of President George Washington.
Gift of Goodhue Livingston, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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