Goldsborough (or Goldsbrow) Banyar, Sr. (1724-1815)

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Oil on linen
Overall: 52 x 42 x 1 in. ( 132.1 x 106.7 x 2.5 cm )
signed and dated: lower left: "E. Ames Pinxt 1802"
This is a rather ambitious portrait which, although the subject is seated, reveals the influence of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne Washington; no longer is the setting the pleasant well-appointed parlor or library of a prosperous provincial merchant, but now the large Iconic column and the great drapery in the upper right pretend to something far more grandiose; the body appears flat, almost silhouette-like in its blackness and sharp contours; the hands suggest the artist's lack of anatomical understanding; the style in general is that of a colonial limner and has not reached the sophistication attained about a decade later in the artist's famous portrait of Governor George Clinton.
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Ames's account book does not list this painting in the year 1802, but records instead the "odd jobs" which occupied much of his time.
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Gift of the Estate of Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant, Jr.
The Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant, Jr. Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group