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Overall: 24 3/4 x 22 x 9 1/2 in. ( 62.9 x 55.9 x 24.1 cm )
inscriptions: Signed and dated on back of toga: "T.C. fect Romae 1839"
When this marble bust was given to the Society, family tradition identified the subject as Judge Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803). This seems to be contradicted by the date inscribed on the back which places its execution thirty-six years after Judge Pendleton's death (though it is possible that the bust was made posthumously and based on another likeness). Another identification has been suggested: John B. Pendleton (1798-1866), the lithographer of Boston and Philadelphia.
It is also possible that it is of Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1777-1849), a military man, who married his third wife, a New York socialite, in 1839.
A third possible sitter for the portrait was Edmund Henry Pendleton (1788-1862), also a great-nephew of Edmund Pendleton. Edmund Henry was a lawyer and a judge in Dutchess County and a member of Congress from 1831-1833.
Gift of Mrs. E. Victor Loew in memory of Mr. John S. Rogers
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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