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Civil Defense Volunteer Organization Uniform
Wool, silk, metal
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The subject was born in Kampen, the Netherlands, the son of John and Anna (Leydekker) Van der Kemp. He was ordained a minister at Leyden in 1776. This portrait was painted at the request of some of his friends while he was in prison in Utrecht in 1787. Banished from Holland because of his controversial political views, he brought his family to America in 1788. The portrait descended through the family to his granddaughter, Pauline E. Henry, from whom it was acquired by the donor.
Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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