John De Peyster (1731-1807)

Object Number: 
1894.1
Date: 
1798
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 28 in. ( 76.2 x 71.1 cm )
Marks: 
signature and date: at left: "C. W. Peale / painted 1798"
Gallery Label: 
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.
Bibliography: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Christopher Champlin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group