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Cyrus West Field (1819-1892)

Cyrus West Field (1819-1892)
Cyrus West Field (1819-1892)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 33 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. ( 84.5 x 69.2 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles Downing Lay
Object Number 
signature and date: lower center: Oliver Lay / 1887"
Gallery Label 
The subject is best known as the man who accomplished the laying of the first Atlantic cable. A cable laid in 1858 was not completely successful, although Queen Victoria and President Buchanan were able to use it to exchange messages. Another laid in 1866 was a spectacular success and brought Field acclaim in both Europe and America. This portrait, which Lay based on an original by Daniel Huntington, was a gift to the Society from the artist's son.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group