George Ludwig Christian Scriba (1753-1836)

George Ludwig Christian Scriba (1753-1836)
Title
George Ludwig Christian Scriba (1753-1836)
Date 
ca. 1800-1810
Medium 
Plaster, wood, and painted glass
Dimensions 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 11.7 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm )
Description 
Bas-relief portrait.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. A. M. Scribe
Object Number 
1891.6
Marks 
copper nameplate: on front: "GEORGE SCRIBE" typed label: "GEO. SCRIBE - 1789/Born at Vohl Germany, 27th April 1753. Died at Constantia, Oswego County, New York,/14th August 1836./Aged 84 years. Merchant in New York./Member Chamber of Commerce, 1786./United Staes marine Society. 1786./Society library, 1790"
Gallery Label 
The subject was born in Vöhl, Hesse-Darmstadt, the son of a Lutheran minister. After mercantile experience as a young man in Amsterdam and the West Indies, he immigrated to the United States in 1783 and settled in New York. In 1792 he purchased a 500,000 acre tract of land between Lake Ontario and Lake Oneida which was known as Scriba's Patent. He founded the settlement of Rotterdam (later Constantia) on Lake Oneida where he died. This portrait was a gift to the Society from his grandnephew.
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Creative: Tronvig Group