John De Peyster (1731-1807)

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 28 in. ( 76.2 x 71.1 cm )
signature and date: at left: "C. W. Peale / painted 1798"
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The subject was a merchant in New York, and the son of William De Peyster, Sr., and Margareta (Roosevelt) De Peyster. This portrait, a gift to the Society from his grandson, was painted in New York while Peale and his second wife, Elizabeth, a niece of John De Peyster, were visiting there in 1798. From the mid-1790s Peale's time was largely devoted to the Peale Museum in Philadelphia rather than to painting, but a number of portraits by him of his wife's relatives date from this time.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, pp. 63, 270. Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. The De Peyster Geneaology. Boston: Privately Printed, 1956, p. 63-4, fig. 12 Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting, materials for a history. Cambridge, Mass. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1959, pp. 47-58, II-IV. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p 207. Miller, Lillian B., ed., The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and his family. New Haven: Published for the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution by Yale University Press, c. 1983, p. 226.
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Gift of Christopher Champlin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group