Chancellor Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813)

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Oil on canvas
Canvas: 46 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. ( 117.5 x 89.5 cm ); frame: 54 1/4 x 43 1/2 x 5 in. (137.8 x 110.5 x 12.7 cm)
Gallery Label: 

This portrait of Robert R. Livingston painted by John Vanderlyn was presented as a gift to the Academy of Fine Arts in New York in 1804. Livingston was the founder and first president of the Academy, and his admiration for the art of Europe led him to commission plaster casts of antique sculptures for its New York home. The letter on the table next to him shown in the painting, addressed to his title as minister of plenipotentiary from the United States, links his overarching diplomatic mission to Paris with his more personal interests and passions for French art and culture.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Anson Livingston
Place Made: 
Paris, France
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group