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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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inscription: on back:"Eleazar (sic) Burnham/of Aurora/Ezra Ames of Albany/Painter. 1826"
Eleazer Burnham was the son of Asa Burnham and Lucy (Huntington) Burnham of Bennington, Vermont. About 1798 he moved to Aurora, the first settlement in Cayuga County, New York. Burnham was county surrogate from 1811 to 1813 and from 1815 to 1820, deputy postmaster from 1798 and postmaster from 1811 until about 1822, collector of revenue at Aurora during the War of 1812, and county representive in the assembly in 1826.
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