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Egbert Benson (1746-1833)

Egbert Benson (1746-1833)
Title
Egbert Benson (1746-1833)
Date 
ca. 1820
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 26 x 21 3/4 in. ( 66 x 55.2 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of John Wesley Jarvis
Object Number 
X.8
Gallery Label 
Benson was born in New York and graduated from King's College (now Columbia) in 1765. A lawyer by profession, he was the first attorney general of New York (1777-87) and judge of the state supreme court from 1794 to 1801. He was an ardent patriot during the years of the Revolution and in 1777 was elected president of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspriacies; he was one of the six delegates representing the State of New York in 1789 at the first federal Congress.
Bibliography 
Dunlap, William, History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, Vol. 2, New York: George P. Scott and Co., Printers, 1834, p. 78. Tuckerman, Henry T., Book of Artists, New York: P. Putnam & Son, 1867, pp. 57, 621. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1903, p. 4. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1915, p. 12. Kelby, William, Notes on American Artists 1754-1820: Copied from advertisements appearing in the newspapers of the day, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1922, p. 61. Harrington, John Walker, "John Wesley Jarvis, Portraitist," The American Magazine of Art, Vol. 18, no. 11, November 1927, pp. 577-84. Bolton, Theodore, and Groce, George C., Jr., "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work, Art Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, Autumn 1938, pp. 299-321. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society: Oil Portraits, Miniatures, Sculptures, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1941, p. 22. Dickson, Harold E., John Wesley Jarvis: American Painter, 1780-1840, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1949, pp. 326, 344. Vail, R.W.G., "The Society Grows Up," The New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 38, no. 4, October 1954, pp. 384-477. Ottenberg, Louis, "Alexander Hamilton's First Court Case," The New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 41, no. 4, October 1957, pp. 423-39. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, Vol. 1, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1974, p. 70. Currie, Christina, "19th-Century Portraits on Scored Panels in the Cleveland Museum of Art," Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Vol. 34, no. 1, Spring 1995, pp. 69-75.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group