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John Christopher Kunze, D.D. (1744-1807)

Object Number: 
1818.1
Date: 
1818
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
Gallery Label: 
A Lutheran clergyman and a professor of Oriental languages at Columbia College, the subject came to America in 1770 from his native Saxony. He became a member of The New-York Historical Society in 1804. This portrait of him is a replica of one painted by Jarvis about 1805, which was in the possession of Mrs. John Christopher Kunze in 1818.
Bibliography: 
Catalogue of the Museum and Gallery of Art of The New-York Historical Society, New York, The New-York Historical Society, 1862, p. 3. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1915, p. 16. Kelby, William, Notes on American Artists 1754-1820: Copied from advertisements appearing in the newspapers of the day, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1922, p. 66. Bolton, Theodore, and Groce, George C., Jr., "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work, Art Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, Autumn 1938, pp. 299-321. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society: Oil Portraits, Miniatures, Sculptures, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1941, p. 174. Dickson, Harold E., John Wesley Jarvis: American Painter, 1780-1840, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1949, pp. ix, 298, 356. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, Vol. 2, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1974, pp. 432-3.
Credit Line: 
Gift of members of the family of the subject
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group