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

Goldsborough (or Goldsbrow) Banyar, Sr.  (1724-1815)
Goldsborough (or Goldsbrow) Banyar, Sr. (1724-1815)
Oil on linen
Overall: 52 x 42 x 1 in. ( 132.1 x 106.7 x 2.5 cm )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant, Jr.
Object Number 
signed and dated: lower left: "E. Ames Pinxt 1802"
Gallery Label 
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.
The Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant, Jr. Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group