George Coggeshall (1784-1861)

Object Number: 
1926.2
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
Gallery Label: 
George Coggeshall was the son of William and Eunice (Mallett) Coggeshall. His father was a shipmaster, and young George followed him to sea as a cabin boy in 1799 on a voyage to Cadiz. He was given his first command in 1809 and was the captain of two privateers in the War of 1812. After the war Coggeshall became a captain of merchant vessels. This is one of Daniel Huntington's earliest portraits. He would later emerge as a leader in the field of American portraiture.
Bibliography: 
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 153.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the family of George Coggeshall, through Mrs. A. Kay Womrath
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group