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The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
Oil on canvas
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Philip, the eldest son of Pierre (1721-1814) and Joanna (Livingston) Van Cortlandt, was born in New York. As a young man he was a surveyor from about 1764 until the Revolutionary War, during which he served in the Fourth New York Regiment and rose to the rank of brigadier general. After the war he served in the New York assembly and state senate; from 1793 to 1809 he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
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