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Reverend Abraham Keteltas (1732-1798)

Reverend Abraham Keteltas (1732-1798)
Reverend Abraham Keteltas (1732-1798)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 3/8 x 25 1/4 in. ( 77.2 x 64.1 cm )
Credit Line 
Bequest of Edith Malvina Keteltas Wetmore
Object Number 
signature and date: lower right: "J. Hesselius, Pinx. / 1758"
Gallery Label 
Keteltas, a noted Revolutionary War preacher, was born in New York, the son of Abraham Keteltas, a merchant who came from Holland in 1720. Keteltas preached at various parishes in Long Island and Connecticut and his advice was highly regarded by, among others, George Washington, who frequently consulted him. He was a member of the third and fourth Provincial Congresses from Queens, and a member of the Convention of 1777 which framed the New York State constitution. N-YHS has many of his papers.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group