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The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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canvas: 36 x 26 3/4 in. ( 91.4 x 67.9 cm )
frame: 40 1/4 x 31 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 102.2 x 79.7 x 6.4 cm )
James Duane was the son of Anthony Duane and Althea (Keteltas) Duane. He was a member of the Continental Congress and of the New York Senate, and was appointed first federal judge of the District of New York (1789-94) by George Washington. From 1784 to 1789 he was the first Federalist mayor of New York. John Trumbull used this painting as a model for his portrait of Duane, which he painted for New York City Hall in 1805.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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