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Portrait of James Lenox (1800-1880)

Object Number: 
Watercolor, brown and black inks, and graphite with touches of gouache and heavy glazing on card
Overall: 9 1/8 x 7 in. ( 23.2 x 17.8 cm )
Verso inscribed in graphite at center: "Painted by J B Wandesforde / from a picture by Leslie / 1839 / R L Banks / Likeness of / James Lenox Esq"
Gallery Label: 
James Lenox was the son of Robert and Rachel (Carmer) Lenox of New York. He was educated at Columbia College (A.B., 1818) and admitted to the bar in 1822. He was an avid bibliophile whose distinguished library was combined with the Astor and Tilden libraries in 1895 to form the New York Public Library.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group